NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Earlier this week, News 8 showed you the prostitution bust that removed 14 women from the streets. Now we’re going behind the scenes as police plan their next undercover sting targeting the Johns.
Officer David Hartman of New Haven Police Department says prostitution affects an entire neighborhood.
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“People are fed up with this stuff, they don’t want to have to see this, they know what’s going on. It is absolutely in your face criminal activity,” said Hartman.
As a whole, there are dozens of pages of dozens of crimes for the 14 women arrested on Wednesday. Hartman says prostitution brings with it on enormous amount of other crimes. From drugs and weapons, to burglaries and assaults, most of that crime goes away when the illegal sex industry goes away.
“You may be being set up for someone to steal your car, we have seen that. Where can we go that’s quiet? We can go over here well there’s a reason she told you to go over there, because you’re about to get carjacked,” added Hartman.
Undercover officers take to the streets working the neighborhoods and working their sources, talking to the people in the community, planning their next undercover operation, this time targeting the Johns.
They also have city cameras at their disposal, they can comb through past video looking at street corners and cars and the people involved in the transactions. Officer Hartman says at the core, the community that plays the biggest role.
“I think it really took a community, that was fed up, they don’t want to see this anymore. We’re not dealing with this we are in a better place a year ago which is a better place and we were in two years ago,” he said.
The New Haven Police Department is showing us how they’re preparing for an undercover sting, because they say whether to the media, the community or undercover operations, they need to stop prostitution by all means necessary, they just want to get it off the street and get the neighborhoods back on their feet.