Prostitution in San Diego has exploded since a controversial California law took effect this year. As a result, businesses took on additional security costs and warned customers that they would likely see nearly naked women and pimps if they visited the area, one business owner told Fox News Digital.
“Costs for businesses, costs for security. We had to put lights – at our expense – on the roof to try to deter them, and thanks to the bill, the lights now help them when they want to appear in front of me building to shake and do different things… so they get attention rather than being in the dark,” a San Diego business owner told Fox News Digital.
The business owner spoke to Fox News Digital on condition of anonymity out of concern that pimps or prostitutes in the area could retaliate against the business owner’s vehicles, property or employees. The business owner has been operating in the same location for 25 years.
“They’ll break into cars, they’ll blow tires. We had a neighbor … who had his vehicle broken into several times and his tools stolen,” the business owner said.
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“Because of the Safe Streets Act, local business owners now have to hide their identities while exposing the problems created by the bill, which has never been an issue before,” added the business owner.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 357 in July 2022, which repealed a previous law prohibiting loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution. The bill was championed as one that would help protect transgender women from police targeting.
“The author introduced this legislation because the crime of loitering has disproportionately affected Black and brown women and members of the LGBTQ community,” the governor said when signing the bill.
“To be clear, this bill does not legalize prostitution. It simply repeals provisions of the law that have led to disproportionate harassment of women and transgender adults. Although I agree with the intent of the bill ” author and sign this bill, we must be careful. ” about its implementation. My administration will monitor crime and prosecution trends for any possible unintended consequences and will act to mitigate these impacts. “
The law took effect in January of this year and, according to the business owner, has encouraged prostitutes and pimps to prowl the city’s streets looking for clients, with few repercussions.
“It still makes me blush sometimes. They are very confident women. … They wear thongs. …. Their breasts are completely exposed. There was one wearing a Letterman jacket and nothing else,” the owner said of the company. .
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A concentrated area on the city’s Dalbergia Street has long been a hot spot for sexual solicitation and is near San Diego’s border with neighboring National City. National City Mayor Ron Morrison spoke with Fox News Digital earlier this month to highlight how prostitution has also become more pronounced since SB 357 began making headlines, adding that the police essentially had their hands tied in fighting crime.
“Senate Bill 357…made prostitution legal for all intents and purposes because it says officers can no longer contact people based on the idea of loitering for the purpose of prostitution. So in big, he tells the police not to touch anything,’” Morrison said.
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The San Diego business owner described scenes akin to a crime thriller, where pimps play loud music in cars while prostitutes walk the streets in heels. When the women find a client, they go to a local hotel or around the block if the client’s request is “something that can be done faster.”
“It’s the residents who feel this the most. There are children who have to step over by-products. Parents have to explain to the children why, at 7:30 in the morning, when they go to school, there are two of the women in thongs shaking their butts and showing their breasts and trying to stop vehicles,” the business owner said.
As the clock moves back an hour next month, the business owner predicts the situation will go “from bad to worse” as more prostitutes take to the streets.
The business owner pointed out that police can’t do much to deter crime and argued that city politicians have taken a hands-off approach. City Council member Vivian Moreno has not personally visited local businesses to hear their concerns, the business owner said, while Democratic Mayor Todd Gloria has said “not a word” on the issue to the business owner or others in the area.
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“I’ve yet to see someone from the local city council office reach out to someone here in the neighborhood, come in and try to say, ‘Hey, we’re trying to help. How can we invest resources, like can -maybe extra lights, ‘maybe extra cameras?'” the business owner said.
“Mayor Gloria has visited the area and spoken publicly about the issue,” the mayor’s office told Fox News Digital on Tuesday. The office also touted how police conducted undercover operations, including one earlier this year that resulted in 48 arrests. San Diego County.
“The criminals who were arrested in this operation abused and exploited women for their own enrichment,” Gloria said at a news conference this year after the sting operation. “We will continue to disrupt these criminal operations that seek to harm members of our communities.
San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit told local media this month that SB 357’s impact on crime was “all predictable.”
“Everything was predictable. We saw shootings there. We saw stabbings,” Nisleit told 10 News. “One of the predictable consequences of this very bad bill is that a community is now affected by it. They don’t feel safe in their own homes.”
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Local media attention has even made traffic in the area worse, as out-of-town johns get wind of San Diego sex workers.
“Every time we get a local story, the traffic increases. The prostitutes are not going away. It’s not like, “We’d better lay low for a little while.” We’re getting extra traffic because out-of-town customers are now noticing, ‘Hey, look what we can do,'” the business owner said.
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He hopes the law will be repealed, especially if local leaders visit the area to see for themselves that residents and business owners live in fear for their safety and are forced to spend more on security systems or even cleaning vomit and excrement from the streets.
The business owner now even warns his customers about the problem and sends employees to meet customers who are hesitant to go to the hotbed of prostitution.
Fox News Digital reached out to Newsom’s office and Councilmember Moreno, but received no comment on SB 357 and San Diego’s prostitution issues.
Original article source: Prostitutes in thongs roam the streets of San Diego; families and businesses forced to struggle