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To some residents in Bryan, prostitution is no secret. It's been played out in their neighborhood for months.
Monday and Tuesday, KBTX ran a series on prostitution in Bryan, and what police are doing to combat it. Now, people who see it everyday are speaking out about the issue and letting others know they are happy with how police are handling the problem.
For over a year Bryan police have been battling prostitution.
It's a problem that may have gone unnoticed, if it weren't for attentive Bryan citizens.
"It's everywhere you go," Bryan Resident Mollie Campbell said. "You know you don't like to see it happen but it's part of life. At least the police are doing something about it."
Citizen complaints prompted the department's quick reaction to halt the growing problem, and their response has not gone unnoticed.
"It's a great way to stop the prostitution and it's a pretty good idea," Rhonda Johnson, a Bryan Resident said. "You're on TV and you know your face is put on TV, so I mean that's a warning sign for anybody else I would say."
The Bryan residents we talked to are aware of the problem.
They live in the areas where prostitution is most prevalent.
"Yeah it's sad, because a lot of them you know they turn into prostitutes at the age of 12, and they have a kid by the age of 13," one Bryan resident said. "They can't even take care of themselves."
One man, who wished to keep his identity a secret, said he's seen first hand what crime can do.
"Crime don't pay, it pays but it don't pay that much when you're doing 20 to 30 years you know what I'm saying," the Bryan resident said. "Once you get incarcerated and you get caught it don't pay."
"Yeah there's prostitution in Bryan," Johnson said. "It's sad that people have to do all that when they can go out and get a job and work. You know it's sad."
Each person recognized the problem and credited police as the reason for its decline.
"It's not as bad as it is in some cities, but you know we still do have crime," Campbell said. "It's better now than it used to be."
"It's gotten better," Johnson said. "You know people have slowed down a lot throughout the years."
And these residents hope the decline will continue.
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