Knoxville street prostitution areas
A husband and wife moved into the North Knoxville neighorhood near the intersection of Broadway and Central just over a year ago. They are asking for help with the prostitution problem. The woman says she is a resident of the area and is not too happy to be approached by a reporter.
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Editor's note: Tracie Hellwinckel, a Parkridge resident quoted in this story, disagrees with the wording of statements attributed to her in an earlier version of this story. Photos: Church Street United Methodist celebrates bicentennial.
Tracie Hellwinckel and her family live in the Parkridge community near Magnolia Avenue and they've heard of some of the consequences of streetwalking. Posted: June 30, Posted: June 30, 0. According to the Knoxville Police Department, prostitution is one of the five most common complaints fielded by city police.
What Hellwinckel, who shares a house with her husband Chad and their 6-year-old son, has never gotten used to is the idea that nothing can be done other than continuing to lock women up.
The ladies, though, they get arrested, get out of jail, and come right back. Photos: 37th Tennessee Homecoming brings history to life. Josh Horr, who lives nearby on Woodbine Avenue with his sister and her two young children, said prostitutes are a constant nuisance. He'd also like the city to install "no cruising" s on Central Street but has been told the area isn't eligible.
Hellwinckel, who moved to East Knoxville in from Florida and has worked as a domestic violence victims' advocate and as a writer, said the best solution to the problem is to legalize prostitution to protect the women from violence and disease.
Prostitution a nuisance to businesses, neighborhoods
These women need money, and they're going to get money. Why do we punish people for living their lives the only way they know how?
These folks are not bad people; they've got problems. Get the new News Sentinel app.
Now Trending. Photos: Knoxville celebrates years. Since that day, Cameron says Club XYZ has thrived, but he's still aghast at how intractable prostitution in his neighborhood seems to be.
That still didn't help. Photos: school coupon book kick off celebration. When we recognize someone is hustling for drinks or sex we just get them out of the club.
She also dispute the characterization of the prostitution problem in her neighborhood. She never found condoms behind her house; they were found by friends. Photos: ET Farmers Markets celebrate 40 years.
Both male prostitutes, known as hustlers, and female streetwalkers once frequented Club XYZ, but Cameron found after taking it over that a zero tolerance policy was enforceable. Failing that, she wants the full weight of the law to fall not on prostitutes but rather on their customers. Photos: Hurricane Matthew evacuees find shelter in Knoxville.
A lot of them are married, and they come from the west side of Knoxville. When Richard Cameron took over a popular gay bar on Central Street, he quickly instituted a new policy: no hookers, no hustlers and no homeless people.
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They always come back. She said friends reported finding used condoms behind their house, seeing hookers walking along their street in broad daylight, and watching johns search for prostitutes in their neighborhood. Both residents and business owners are unhappy with the status quo, which seems to do little but clog up the jail and drive hookers from neighborhood to neighborhood in North and East Knoxville.
He and his employees have to patrol the parking lot, and they regularly must chase away the hookers who congregate around the intersection of Central and Broadway.
Cameron says he knows many other Knoxville business owners who are sick of the problem. It gets annoying. Photos: The third annual Pickle Fest.