Don’t Look for Prostitute “hook-up” here… | August 25, 2007

Ever since I posted a little rant about Dayton being a prostitute haven/destination my blog has been getting a lot of hits…from people with apparently the wrong idea. I am NOT trying to “hook you up!!” Get over it, go away, look somewhere else. This is about how to get them OFF the streets, not into your car!!

Another Dayton blogger has picked up on this issue with a slightly different twist…I am not sure that this is the solution, but here is what he has to say:


Does Dayton need a “Combat zone”?


I first heard this idea from John Gower, who is now the director of planning. I thought it had merit then, and am thinking it has more merit now.

Zone an area that is extremely depressed as the X-rated area. Allow porn stores, strip clubs, all night bars, seedy motels that rent by the hour, to have a place to themselves. Charge high taxes, provide high police visibility, but don’t arrest the hookers, just the drunks and fighters.

Have a hooker rehab center and drug rehab programs in the area- supported by the higher taxes.

This way, the negative impact of these activities is limited to the designated area. Hookers caught plying their trade elsewhere- picked up and dropped off in the Combat Zone. Pimps who want to beat up girls – arrested, since the area will be well patrolled.

Boston had an area called the “combat zone” for years, and I saw the same kind of thing in Hamburg and Paris. There is no reason it couldn’t work here.

What brought this idea back to mind was a motorcycle ride last Friday night with a couple of buddies- I brought them back in down W. Third Street. Both buddies, Vietnam era Army Rangers, thought I was trying to give them flashbacks. Face it, there isn’t enough money available to bring back parts of W. Third Street- so maybe the answer is to let the wages of sin give it a shot. Moving the sex shops out of the Oregon District, N. Dixie, etc. might help give other areas a better chance- and also give some people in Dayton a reason to go over to the West Side.

Sounds harsh- but, the reality is, maybe this is one of the conversations we should be having? Posted @ http://esrati.com/

You can go to David’s blog and add your two cents worth or add to the discussion here.

After my presentation to the city commission on this subject there has been some limited discussion about the one area where the city can have some impact: rehabilitation services for women that are not currently being provided. I also understand there is some potential on the county level as well, which would be another step in the right direction.


  1. You gave a presentation to the city commission on the prostitution issue?

    Comment by Jeff — August 26, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

  2. The reason that people are coming to your website for this is because you have a blog and the search terms prostitution and dayton are leading people to this site thinking it will have info about that.

    I wrote on my blog about Michael Jackson, the Catholic church, and the ‘p’ word that I won’t mention, and I got a surprisingly disturbing number of hits for certain search terms, as well as a Sinclair student asking for help doing research on the subject since she somehow thought my website was a source of information on the subject.

    Comment by audendi — August 27, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

  3. Jeff, Almost inconceivable, but true… I made a presentation two weeks ago about the situation out here on N Main and sugested that the city look into ways to regulate the trade in sex. Similar to David’s suggestion of a combat zone but limited to a “legal” brothel. I am waiting for information regarding what statutory control over prostitution the city actually has…it may be that this is state law that can only be amended/changed at that level, and we all know this is NOT Nevada!

    And Gene I am aware of why the “hits” are coming, put sex/prostitute into a headline and you WILL get a response, though not always the kind you are looking for. Maybe some of the “Johns” who read this will get a wake up call. This is one issue where I am ok with being a “supply sider”. So long as the activity is happening on the street and is disruptive to the neighborhood I have no problem with these guys being arrested The unfortunate reality is that way too often when the cops bust these guys very little happens to them. In fact I’m looking into where to get the listings of convicted “johns” so that I see on DATV so I can post them here.

    Comment by leftofdayton — August 27, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

  4. if you have their address too I could take a pix of their house and have a “John of the week” post over at Daytonology.

    I was thinking of doing that with abandoned propertys where they used to have signs up on who owned the house…the same concept could apply to the johns (just a different kind of neighhborhood nuisance).

    Comment by Jeff — August 28, 2007 @ 1:35 am

  5. Although I am against prostitution, the regulation angle makes for a good argument. I came here looking for prostitution related charities – I guess there is a problem – do you know of any organizations that are trying to help this group? As the tax funded hooker rehab center suggested in the combat zone.

    Comment by Eric — September 16, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

  6. Eric,
    Yes there does seem to be some help on the way…see new post on this subject.

    Comment by leftofdayton — September 17, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

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