BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Thanksgiving Day bust led to the arrest of four people on prostitution charges.
Undercover detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department patrolled the streets after getting multiple complaints about girls and guys working certain areas.
A business owner parked on one of the busiest corners of the city is concerned prostitutes are ruining his business. Willie Greens is a businessman of several trades. He has done everything from auto repair to contracting. These days, he is renovating his decades-old establishment on Scenic Highway.
"It's horrible," Greens said. "People are afraid to come to this area."
Greens said it is not the violence that is running his customers away. It is the prostitutes.
"It's pathetic. It's horrible. It's all day and all night. It goes on and on and on," Greens added.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD said multiple complaints led undercover officers to the 2600 block of Scenic Highway, where they arrested Jason Alexis for prostitution at 5:15 a.m. Investigators said Alexis told them he had been out all night prostituting.
The officers responded to similar complaints on Airline Highway near Victoria Drive. The undercover officers reported they were flagged down between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. by Bridget Farmer and Precious Hall. Both, McKneely said, were arrested after allegedly negotiating oral sex with the officers.
"We consider those to be hot spot areas," McKneely said. "They are traveled highly with traffic, people passing by. So, that's prime opportunity for those ladies to be picked up."
While the streets are still a popular place for prostitutes to do business, detectives said they have found another avenue to patrol.
McKneely said customers are browsing backpage.com, a website that has become the communication method of choice for some working girls and guys. Detectives said it is the method by which they found Katie Weizer. An undercover detective reported he responded to an online ad and scheduled a date with her at a hotel on Corporate Boulevard. She was arrested shortly after allegedly negotiating sex with the officer.
"These ladies may have these rooms for the day or the night and when they (police) see multiple individuals going into that room during a certain period of time, they know something is going on," McKneely explained.
For Greens, it has been going on far too long. He said if the prostitutes do not move out, he may have to take his business elsewhere.
The prostitutes were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.