DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The City of Dayton is receiving national recognition in its fight against prostitution.
Dayton police are cleaning up the problem they say serves as a gateway to disease, drugs and other crime.
Oasis House is also taking part in the fight. The local non-profit is a faith based ministry to women who are involved in the adult sex industry. Executive Director Cheryl Oliver said eliminating the demand for prostitutes is bringing more women through her doors for treatment.
"We now serve around 300 women," said Oliver. "Police are arresting the demand and we are rehabbing the supply."
It's part of a larger initiative that began in 2008. Police are targeting and arresting these men and only citing the prostitutes, who are then ordered to get help.
2 NEWS cameras were rolling last July when an undercover officer posed as a prostitute as part of a sex sting. Six men were arrested for soliciting sex in just one day.
Oliver said the majority of these women have endured a lifetime of abuse.
"We have clients that report being raped as young as 2 by a father, an uncle or a mom's boyfriend or traded for drugs."
Oliver said simply putting these women in jail results in their relapse. She calls that a waste of taxpayer dollars.
"We do GED tutoring. We offer bridges out of poverty. We have counselors. We have a partnership with Wright State Medicine. A doctor who comes once a week to see the women," said Oliver.
Oasis House is waiting on approval in Washington to open a residential safe house in east Dayton. Many of these women suffer with drug addiction. The non-profit is also working on establishing a detox facility in the area.
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