DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Dayton Police say it doesn't matter where you live in the city, prostitution has a trickle down effect into drugs and other crimes.
So, cleaning up these streets means a safer community for you and your family.
Our cameras were rolling as six men were arrested just Thursday night.
A Dayton Police Officer walks the streets, pretending to be a prostitute.
After about ten minutes, she's stopped by a man on a motorcycle. Undercover officers swarm him.
"I was trying to kill some time before I was trying to kill some time before I'm playing volleyball at 6:30," the man tells an officer.
He talks to our cameras before he's carted off to jail for soliciting a prostitute.
"She was trying to pick me up. She should fricking get a ticket for asking me if I wanted a date!" he says.
Moments after he's taken away, police say another man solicits sex from the undercover officer.
Sgt. Chris Fischer says this proves there is a big prostitution problem in the city.
"We're trying to take it to a different level by arresting the demand and not the supply," says Sgt. Fischer.
Since July 2, at least 34 men have been arrested for soliciting a prostitute.
Sgt. Fischer tells one of those men how this leads to worse things.
"All of our girls in Dayton that work the streets are drug addicts. When you give them $20 the first thing they do, they don't get food, they don't get drink, they don't get housing. They go right to a drug house and they inject themselves with heroin or smoke crack cocaine," Sgt. Fischer tells one of the men arrested.
Sgt. Fischer says these men comes from all walks of life...
He says most of Dayton's prostitutes have AIDS so when these men have sex with them and go home, they risk their families' health. One even had a car seat in the back, indicating he had a small child at home.
"We need to destroy this myth that it's a victimless crime. There are innocent people at home that are affected by what these men do and our community suffers every time they pick up a prostitute," explains Sgt. Fischer.
And that's why police won't stop these sex stings until the problem is fixed.
"They will continue until we make our city safe for everybody," says Sgt. Fischer.
All of the money from these fines goes towards the Oasis House which is a non profit organization that helps women of the sex industry get back on their feet.
For more information on how you can help the charity, visit Oasis House on line .
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