Midtown Ponce Security Alliance, we learned how the trans-prostitute gangs are becoming more and more dangerous. According to the article, "more dope boys are marauding around among the trans gang," making the situation even more scary for area residents.In a recent newsletter from the
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TRANS PROSTITUTE GANG UPDATE 9/24/13
The trans prostitute gang is evolving into an
increasingly dangerous situation because they are bringing drug dealing
into the neighborhood. In recent weeks drug dealers have been menacing
area residents as they deal drugs through the trans prostitutes. More
and more dope boys are marauding around among the trans gang. While this
problem is still predominantly street prostitution, the drug nights are
occurring with increasing frequency. This situation highlights the need
for a well-funded patrol in order to most effectively suppress and
eventually eradicate this threat.
Looking over the last ten years, here is what we think is happening:
Ten years ago their activity was largely limited
to an extreme volume of nuisance activity. With time they have become
increasingly aggressive, and now they are bringing in more drug dealers
into the neighborhood.
Ten years ago we had three types of johns coming
around. 1. Johns looking for females and disappointed that these are
transvestite or (usually) transgender, and turn around. It was still
cruising traffic. 2. Johns looking for real females, but will take what
they find anyhow. They might not come back, and would not have come had
they known it was trans prostitutes rather than what they had in mind. 3. Johns
specifically looking for "transgendered prostitutes." They will continue to go to where
they think they can find trans prostitutes.
Over the last ten years we have wiped out most
of the first two groupings of johns, leaving only a small number of
those into a niche market of (transgendered criminals). Most of (these transgenders) are not making a pickup at all, while the sharks score better
than average. But these (male prostitutes) will loiter around the
neighborhood all night long every night. There may be five or six johns
for about a dozen or more prostitutes active on a given night, and a
few sharks are likely racking in most of those.
Then there are two basic groupings of trans
prostitutes - drive-ins (and some of them drive nice cars), and
walk-ins. We are seeing very few drive-ins coming in regularly - they
most likely have other sources of income and don't find the street
worthwhile any more. Many of them make their pickups online or by phone
for the most part, eliminating the necessity to even afflict our
neighborhood. Another trans prostitution stroll has emerged far away on Memorial Drive in the Stone Mountain area,
so that helps us some. When they do appear here, they appear mostly on
weekends when there is more john and drug-buying traffic.
That leaves the walk-ins - those living on the
street and don't know anywhere else to go. During the day they hang
around the Peachtree-Pine “shelter” - another nightmare affecting
multiple neighborhoods, and at night they turn tricks and work for drug
dealers in our neighborhood. In our neighborhood, they are able to find
free food, free shelter and income. The fact that they are living on
the street, in turn, probably helps to get rid of some johns because the
trans prostitutes they do find here smell like goats after not bathing
for days on end. This segment of the gang keeps the pot boiling. On most
nights, with exceptions primarily on weekend nights, the prostitutes
are not picking up one john after another back-to-back like they were
ten years ago.
To compensate for the loss of john traffic, the
trans prostitutes are increasingly branching out into drug dealing under
the guise of street prostitution - with suppliers cruising around all
night. This will likely escalate into a very perilous situation for the
neighborhood if drastic measures are not taken to suppress and
eradicate this gang. With the drug activity shifting from use to
dealing, the presence of this gang has shifted from the most chronic
problem to the single biggest threat to the Midtown experience.
Ironically, this is happening in the shadow of the HIDTA building at Juniper & 4th, the agency that coordinates major drugs busts in the metro area.
We close with a report from a recent weekend:
Saturday night into Sunday - Around 3am
[Neighbor1] alerted me about a guy sitting in a car in front of his
place (xxx Myrtle, on the xth Street side). (Transgendered prostitutes) were flocking to
this drug car like children flocking to the ice cream truck. We called
the police about him, and they came out. He tried to drive away when
police arrived, but got some blue lights. He was checked out, but was
let go. I did see the officer take a gun back to his squad car with him,
I guess to disarm him while he was being checked for warrants. He had
been sitting at that spot for nearly an hour, with several (tran prostitutes) coming to and from his car, exchanging numbers, etc. This is clearly a
drug car, and not a john.
Then things got really hairy. Somebody in a
white car was shouting something at us as we walked down Myrtle. He kept
pulling forward and backing up as we sought cover behind a parked car,
like he was looking to get a clear view of us. Very threatening
situation. He finally drove off. But then some guy came walking along
the side of xxx Piedmont in a very menacing way, and we went into
[neighbors building] and hunkered down. He may have been the one in
the white car that had just drove off - the timing was exactly right for
him to park over on Piedmont and walk back over. [Neighbor1] and I
retreated into that building. He came to the door, reaching into his
pocket as if for a gun, while I am on the phone with 911. He finally
went away. The police never came.
Conditions were comparable to Boulevard and Parkway Drive, with drug boys hanging around with the prostitutes.