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Barrio Logan business owners complain about rampant prostitution

California regulation decriminalized loitering for the needs of prostitution in impact since July 1.

SAN DIEGO — The complaints preserve coming from business owners off Main Street in Barrio Logan, involved about out-of-control prostitution.

Some imagine a brand new state regulation decriminalizing loitering appears to be making the issue worse.

Surveillance video recorded over the weekend on Dalbergia Street confirmed six girls on the identical road nook, as a parade of automobiles drove by showing to solicit prostitution.

“It’s getting worse. The hookers are there day and night,” stated one businessman who wished to stay nameless. “There’s no policing of the area.  And it’s a free-for-all.”

The businessman stated he was afraid of pimps patrolling the world in costly autos.

“We’ve heard gunshots in the middle of the day.  We’ve seen hookers run up and down the street, chase people out of their cars.  They walk right up to your car.  They will open up your door as they’re walking by. You slam your door and they take it as an aggression towards them.  You have to drive off and if there’s a pimp in the area, he will chase you down,” the businessman stated.

One businesswoman advised me she believes the state of affairs has gotten worse for the reason that governor signed a state regulation final month that decriminalized loitering for the aim of prostitution.

“I don’t even understand that law. I don’t even know how something like that gets passed,” the businessman stated.

CBS 8 reached out to the San Diego Police Department and District 8 San Diego City Councilwoman, Vivian Moreno, who represents Barrio Logan.  

Neither office responded.

“We don’t see any patrolling of the area.  It doesn’t take much for an officer to sit out there and just park his car and just show a presence, but they won’t even do that,” the businessman stated.

CBS 8 might be submitting public data requests with SDPD within the coming weeks to attempt to decide whether or not prostitution arrests have elevated within the space for the reason that loitering regulation went into impact on July 1.

WATCH RELATED: San Diego Police Department targets prostitution off Main Street in Barrio Logan (Oct. 2021)

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