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Neighbors Say Prostitution is a Growing Problem in Lansing

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It's a problem police admit has been going on for years, prostitutes in Lansing working all hours of the night and day.

Officers do what they can but now neighbors are taking their own approach.

Some are making their voices heard to keep it off their streets.

The signs come with a message, one that can be found up and down East Kalamazoo Street.

A store owner nearby says, "I think somebody had guts to put something up."

A man in the area says, "I'm all for the signs... I know it is not going to deter them away, but I know its going to upset them a little bit."

Prostiution, something that's been happening for years in this area.

Linda, a store owner nearby says, "they just kind of walk up and down the sidewalk through the parking lot.  Whoever they get picked up by, they generally use the parking lot.  They pick up and drop off here."  She continues, "it has been happening for so long we are almost immune to it now."

A number of people we talked with on Wednesday didn't want to go on camera, but are happy to see someone taking action.

A man in the area says, "there are so many kids out here, there is a school right around the corner.  It's just sad that people have to raise their kids in this type of environment."

The store owner says, "it is very frustrating, but most of all I just don't think the kids in the neighborhood should see all this."

One man who used to live in the neighborhood says he actually moved out because they got so fed up with the prostitution problem.

Lansing Police say they understand the community's frustration, but are continuosly working to do what they can.  They have a community police officer assigned to just that area, and are planning more sting operations to arrest prostitutes and their customers.

Robert Merritt with the Lansing Police Department says, "we are trying to get increased patrols in that area as it heats up outside.  During the summer time you'll see a little more foot traffic."

Now there are signs to try and combat the problem once and for all.

Police say the best thing you can do if you see something going on is to give them a call so they can deal with it in an appropriate way.

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