Increased prostitution in North Knoxville prompts businesses to

Increased prostitution in North Knoxville prompts businesses to take action

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A major prostitution sting over the weekend resulting in police arresting 19 people in the area of Broadway and Central Street. A major prostitution sting over the weekend resulting in police arresting 19 people in the area of Broadway and Central Street.
Charles Ellis, who is the bar manager at Hops and Hollers on Central Street, says he noticed an immediate prostitution problem in the neighborhood after opening two months ago. Charles Ellis, who is the bar manager at Hops and Hollers on Central Street, says he noticed an immediate prostitution problem in the neighborhood after opening two months ago.
"It was never like this before but I don't know what's the deal in this vicinity anymore. They used to be in the downtown area," said Tony Rando of Carletta's and Missy's Antique Furniture Store. "It was never like this before but I don't know what's the deal in this vicinity anymore. They used to be in the downtown area," said Tony Rando of Carletta's and Missy's Antique Furniture Store.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - N
eighbors and businesses are concerned over increased prostitution and criminal activity in their community. This after a major prostitution sting over the weekend resulting in police arresting 19 people in the area of Broadway and Central Street. 

6 News went to the area to see if the issue is still ongoing on Monday.
Charles Ellis, who is the bar manager at Hops and Hollers on Central Street, says he noticed an immediate prostitution problem in the neighborhood after opening two months ago. 

"I don't have any time for it. My customers don't have any time for it and I don't think it looks good for our business so I'd rather them not be around," said Ellis. 

Ellis filed a property watch through the city to give the issue more attention. He says he's been in contact with police several times since the bar opened. 

"I've called the police every single day since we've opened every time we see a prostitute. I've had officers come out here. I've talked with the mayor's office. I've had the police lieutenant, the chief, and the commissioner out here just talking to me about how we can resolve the issue," said Ellis.

Ellis isn't the only one complaining. Store managers on the corner of Broadway and Central Street say the problem is out of control and needs to be addressed. 

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"It was never like this before but I don't know what's the deal in this vicinity anymore. They used to be in the downtown area," said Tony Rando of Carletta's and Missy's Antique Furniture Store.  

Still some like Ellis believe prostitutes in the area will always be an issue. 

"I think it's a problem that you can't really fix it but I'd rather it not be in my neighborhood," said Ellis.  

Knoxville police tell us they expect to have more prostitution stings this summer in North Knoxville and other parts of the city having a similar problem. 

If you believe this is a problem in your neighborhood, you're asked to call Knoxville police at 865-215-7212.
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