Aldermen and Neighbors Say Prostitution and Drug Use Plaguing South Side
Aldermen and neighbors on Milwaukee's south side say prostitution and drug use is a serious problem.
Neighbors say they're starting to feel unsafe, even in the middle of the day.
At the intersection of 23rd and Greenfield, women getting in and out of cars and dirty needles lying in the street is what many consider the norm.
"All throughout the day and it's not even on some corners, or some places. Like all over the place. In front of my house. You see girls injecting themselves, it's crazy," says Berenice Evangelista.
Berenice Evangelista says prostitution and drug use has gotten so bad, that she doesn't want her little sisters to go outside and play.
"I wouldn't want my sisters to see something like that because growing up seeing that is just kind of disturbing," says Evanglista.
Alderman Bob Donovan says it's a problem that picked up in the last few years.
"I often drive down Greenfield avenue on my way to work everyday, at 8:15 in the morning, it's not uncommon to three or four or five prostitutes working that street," says Donovan.
Donovan says his letters to Chief Flynn and other law enforcement officials have fallen on deaf ears.
While he notices more officers in the area, Donovan still says it hasn't gotten any better -- and believes a crackdown is needed.
"I'm asking the police to take this serious, and bring some of these individuals on state charges so that the lesson be sent."
Alderman Donovan also says he has gotten some help from the City Attorney's office, who is cracking down on landlords who rent their homes to known drug dealers.
He says problem is also happening in Alderman Jose Perez's district, and both men are working together to help fix the issue.
We reached out to MPD for comment, and did not hear back.