DPD conducts enforcement operations in areas overrun by prostitution

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Friday night, a crackdown was carried out by Dallas police in a neighborhood overrun with prostitution, and only CBS 11 was allowed to record the coercive activity.

Dallas police have conducted enforcement operations several times this year.

CBS 11 got to see firsthand on Friday night how sex trafficking has bounced back since the pandemic hit.

George Cossio, who works at a nearby auto repair shop, just wanted a safe and comfortable repair shop for customers to bring in their cars and trucks.

“They come around here and sometimes people honk the horn and that’s not good for business,” Cossio said.

He’s talking about prostitutes who have become a regular on the street from his business on Walnut Hill Lane in Northwest Dallas.

“It happens all the time, they are here all day every day,” Cossio said. “It’s not good for business.”

The Dallas Deputy and patrol officers conducted an operation Friday night to address a decades-old problem in the area around Harry Hines Avenue.

The police arrested suspected prostitutes outside the motels and even a suspected pimp.

“It’s just been a problem in the field for years. I think we have to change the culture,” said Dallas Police Deputy Chief of Police, Thomas Castro.

It’s a crime that police say they see more of during special events, like the Texas-OU weekend.

The deputy unit believes it is finally possible to clean up the neighborhood with activities like these, which are desired by those who live and work in the area.

“As we did some activities this year, we saw some improvement,” said Castro. “The business owners we interact with regularly are thanking us and saying the work is getting better.”

All arrested will be provided with a diversion program with resources to get out of sex trafficking and not have a criminal record.


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