Neighbors see increased prostitute activity in North Knoxville

Neighbors see increased prostitute activity in North Knoxville

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A 6 News viewers sent us this video of an alleged prostitute in North Knoxville. A 6 News viewers sent us this video of an alleged prostitute in North Knoxville.
"Because [my home] is a non-traditional home, cars will pick up a prostitute and park in front of the house thinking it's a business," said Brent Farwood. "Because [my home] is a non-traditional home, cars will pick up a prostitute and park in front of the house thinking it's a business," said Brent Farwood.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – People in the Fourth and Gill area of North Knoxville are complaining about seeing more prostitutes in their neighborhood.

Around this time each year, 6 News receives several complaints about prostitution as the weather gets warm.

"It's hooker season, and it's so frustrating," said Brent Farwick, who says his home is wedged between two prostitution hotspots. One is an overgrown area that leads into a greenway. Just recently his girlfriend saw one of their regular prostitutes there with a client.

"The man was pulling up his pants and wiping off his legs," he described.

People also blatantly park outside his home at night, because it looks like a business.

"Because it's a non-traditional home, cars will pick up a prostitute and park in front of the house thinking it's a business," he said.

The peaking prostitution season is a concern for several in the neighborhood.

"It's a crime of predatory nature  and I'm not comfortable having my kids where these crimes are occurring," said Preston Farabow, another concerned resident.

6 News has discussed the ongoing prostitution problem with Knoxville Police in the past. They say they often arrest these women and men, but once they're out of custody, they're back on neighborhood streets.

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