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Franklinton Community Focuses Energy On Stopping Prostitution

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -

If you drive the streets or walk the sidewalks, you will see them.

"If you start hooking at 13, that is where your education stops," said Rebecca Hunley with the Franklinton Safety Task Force.

Hunley tells NBC4 that prostitution isn't just a Franklinton problem, but one they have to examine and act upon.

By the time you see prostitutes on the streets, they have been in the business long before that.

The task force is working with the Salvation Army on targeting children targeted in human trafficking.

Prostitution also impacts businesses in the area.

"More often than not, I pull in at 8 or 9 in the morning and there is a young lady working the corner," said Mitch Shifrin, owner of AA Affordable Insurance.

Businesses and community members said they are dedicated to working together to find solutions to the major problem.

A meeting was set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Franklinton library branch to discuss the issue and work toward a better Franklinton.

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