Local mother says neighborhood overrun by prostitutes
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -
Neighbors believe actions they see happening at an apartment building in Flint are shady. In fact, some claim the corner of Crawford Street and Fenton Road is the city's red light district.
"It's just a constant, nonstop, 24 hour, red light special on Crawford and it's just overwhelming and it's ridiculous," said Trisca Barrett.
Barrett said prostitutes are doing their business right in front of her home.
"Hopping out of cars, hopping into cars in front of everybody's house, they're turning tricks in parking lots, anywhere they want," said Barrett.
She said she's concerned with the safety of her family and what her 9-year old daughter sees.
She's so upset, so frustrated, she's put signs up in front of her home clearly stating her displeasure about what's going on. She wants Flint police to do something about it.
But when we talked to one of the people who lives there, she said neighbors got it all wrong.
"I have no vehicle, I walk, I walk everywhere I go," said a woman we'll call Beverly, who didn't want to use her identity.
Beverly said when she can't walk, she hitches rides with friends and bluntly denies that there's any prostitution going on. She said she lives with her uncle and female cousin.
"This is slander," said Beverly.
"So there is no prostitution happening here?" TV5 asked.
"There is no prostitution," Beverly said. "And it's because of things like this it makes everybody look bad, that woman has never seen anybody standing outside, prostituting, catching any dates, anything."
But Shanna Whitman, who also lives across the street, doesn't buy the story Beverly tells.
"They pick them up, they drop them off, it's gross, they've tried to get with my husband," said Whitman.
Neighbors said they're fed up with what they believe is going on.
"I want some results, more than answers, I want results," said Barrett.
While Beverly, who lives in the apartment, said they're doing nothing wrong.
The apartment building owner told TV5 he's owned the building for 30 years and hasn't had problems like this before. He's told Beverly and her family they must be out by July 4.
Flint Police did not call us back as of Tuesday night.
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