(Foter photo of area along Route 13)
Twenty seven people have been arrested following a joint operation initiative targeting prostitution in New Castle County.
The initiative, which was a joint partnership of the Delaware State Police and the New Castle County Police, took place on Thursday, June 11, 2015 and Friday, June 12, 2015, and targeted the areas of Route 9 (New Castle Avenue) and US Rt. 13 (N. DuPont Highway) in New Castle.
These areas were targeted in response to numerous citizen complaints of prostitution and other quality of life crimes that have been occurring and focused on prostitutes and the men who patronized them.
The county and the Small Business Administration have been at work on efforts to rebuild the community in the area that has suffered from quality of life and petty crime issues.
Prostitution issues have long plagued the New Castle area with enforcement efforts often shifting activity to many areas. In the past, portions of DuPont Highway have been targeted in arrests of prostitution suspects and their customers.
Drug issues are also part of the mix.
Click here for the names of the individuals arrested and bail information: