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Natalbany residents prostitution problem

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NATALBANY, LA (WAFB) -

It's a small town, but residents say there's a growing problem. Prostitutes walking up and down the main highway in Natalbany.

Almost a year ago, a pastor there complained about a woman walking by the church flashing men.  One woman told 9 News she calls the sheriff's office daily, but the women are still working.

"Supply and demand," says Daniel Folks, who lives in the area.  "If people keep picking 'em up, they're going to keep hanging around."

"You can pass three or four in a mile across here sometimes," says Ray May.

These Natalbany natives say up until about two years ago, driving around town was uneventful, but when some street walkers stepped out, the drive took a detour.

"Doesn't matter if it's 2 a.m. or 2 p.m.," said Tammy Scafidel. "When you pass through, they're out here."

In November, Natalbany Baptist Pastor Rodney Taylor told 9 News some men were playing soccer at the church across the street when one of the women walked up, flashed them - and a man took the bait.

Folks says, the women are getting dropped off in front of his house.

"I have a three-year-old little girl and I don't want to have to explain that to her," added Folks.

Scafidel says the problem is worse now.  There's apparently a new working girl.  She says she calls the sheriff's office every day, telling them where the woman is.

"They just say that it's not illegal to walk down the street," said Scafidel.

Her latest call was Saturday, but making a charge stick is a different matter.

"She got into the back of his police car and he took her down street about a half mile and dropped her off at Brownville Road," she added.

The group says something more needs to be done to clean up the community.

"They're gonna continue to do what they're doing as long as they can get away with it," said May.

One of the men there says the sheriff's office told him to write down the license plate numbers of men who pick up and drop off the women.  He says he and several others have done that, but they have no way of knowing if their tips are being checked out.

9 News called the sheriff's office to see what's being done.  Our calls were not returned.

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