Police Say Prostitution On The Rise In San Jose

SAN JOSE (CBS 5) — As with many police departments in the Bay Area, budget cuts have left fewer officers on the streets. Some San Jose Police officers say the cutbacks are attracting prostitutes to several hot spots in the city.

Since July 1st, 38 prostitutes and 2 johns have been arrested, and a total of 40 people have been cited for loitering and solicitation. In the wake of massive budget cuts and layoffs, officers have been called in on their day off to help deal with the problem.

“We have pimps coming up from Fresno as well as coming down from the Oakland area to ply their trade,” said George Beattie, president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association. “They look at it as a business opportunity.”

The rise in prostitution became a hot-button issue when the police union wrote an op-ed piece in the San Jose Mercury News titled “San Jose Is Becoming Sin City.”

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed responded, “Well that’s kind of ridiculous when you compare us to any other city. We have our problems, but we’re nowhere near as bad as Oakland, San Francisco or any other big city in the state of California or the United States of America.”

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  1. Fred says:

    Tjhis is a victimless crime. If women like to have sex and make a lot of money at the same time well then who cares. I have used the services of many of these gals and we both have happy endings.

    1. jane says:

      You are really naive if you think most of these women are prostitutes because they “like sex”.

      While some women choose prostitution and control their “careers”, this is not the case for those who are streetwalkers. Streetwalkers are either women who are completely desperate or young girls who are controlled by pimps. In either case it is hard to argue that prostitution is victimless.

      With regards to happy endings, have you ever heard of faking it?

      1. Farmer says:

        You sound spiteful, Jane. Fred is right about people who want to make a great living doing this but wrong in saying ALL of it is victimless. With adequate regulation and enforcement, it can become a 100% victimless activity. We just aren’t there yet.

  2. JD says:

    Who cares about this ? I swear, police have been turned into “tax collectors”. Laws are all about money now, not real justice. Forget these petty issues, and why not make big company and government PAY for their crimes !! Their crimes are the real reason this country is bankrupt and so many issue are at hand.

    Too many law writers and too many police writing lame tickets are making the citizens BROKE. In the long run that will drive a country down. Get rid of big federal pay, make LESS things illegal, and LET CITIZENS have their fun and keep our money, and watch, this country will flourish again..

  3. david says:

    legalize prostitution. if californians are willing to legalize marijuana and same sex marriages, then why not prostitution? like anything else, it could be taxed and prostitutes could pay into SS and have 401 accounts, benefits. there could be prostitutes for every sexual orientation in today’s society.

  4. Chuck Sherman Jr says:

    Another “benefit” of O-bow-ma-nomics!!!!

    1. dead_than_red says:

      ignorant moron.

  5. SJ Chap says:

    What is ridiculous is mayor Reeds statement…his actions have caused a reduction in police officers, criminals have taken note and sent operatives into town to take advantage and mayor Reed can not even acknowledge that crime under HIS watch is increasing (murders too)…

  6. Treeman says:

    Chuck Sherman Jr – you are a closet racist. Come out and accept who you are.

  7. Secret Squirrel says:

    What about all of the CALL GIRLS living @ Santana Row? Is Santana Row a place to live or an under cover BROTHEL?

  8. TheTruth says:

    Yet another instance of Police/FIre using scare tactics to recoup lost jobs. Making public statements like – “See what happens when you cut the force?” is despicable. Do your jobs and shutup! You’re already making twice as much as your skill set and education justify.

    Oh, and by the way, what alternatives did Mayor Reed have? When the funds aren’t available, cut spending. It’s that simple.

    1. Roland says:

      Yep.
      IF they wanted to catch all the prostitutes and the pimps. An sting using SFRedbook would be so easy.

  9. romulo says:

    The only problem are San Jose Overpaid cops that spend more time at starbucks than time on patrol.Give them another 20% rise ,so they can buy more coffee

  10. megan says:

    I live just south of downtown on first and regularly have prositutes getting picked up right in front of my house. It makes me feel unsafe because their clients regularly ask me if I’m working when I’m in jeans and a sweatshirt looking down. It reduces my quality of life and attracts random men to my neighborhood. I’m really worried about this issue.

  11. megan fluke says:

    I live just south of downtown and regularly have prositutes getting picked up right in front of my house. It makes me feel unsafe because their clients regularly ask me if I’m working when I’m in jeans and a sweatshirt looking down. It reduces my quality of life and attracts random men to my neighborhood. I’m really worried about this issue.

  12. megan fluke says:

    I live just south of downtown and regularly have prositutes getting picked up right in front of my house. It makes me feel unsafe because their clients regularly ask me if I’m working when I’m in jeans and a sweatshirt looking down. It reduces my quality of life and attracts random men to my neighborhood. I’m really worried about this issue and makes me less likely to buy a home in the neighborhood I’m renting in.

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