Truck stop ordered to clean up prostitute problems | News
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma County judge forces a metro truck stop to clean up it's act. The business, near 122nd and I-35, has been a notorious hot spot for prostitution.
Oklahoma City police claim the truck stop owners intentionally ignored the prostitution problem, forcing the lawsuit to be filed.
The judge's ruling now sets out several changes the owners have to make.
"The Five Star was symbolic of the worst problem of prostitution in the city," video vigilante Brian Bates said.
For a long time, Oklahoma City police negotiated with the truck stop owners to curtail the illegal activity but got no results.
That's when they took the issue to court.
"Prostitution had been running rampant at that business and the owner wasn't doing anything to stop it," explains Oklahoma City Police MSgt. Gary Knight.
The court order will now force the business to post additional "no trespassing" and "no soliciting" signs, repair and enhance the fencing, provide continuous video surveillance and hire security guards who can arrest prostitutes day or night.
"I've seen girls go up to the truck and knock on the door," Donald Weisman said.
Weisman owns a small business right next to the truck stop lot and has seen the prostitution problem first hand.
He's thrilled the judge is finally ordering the truck stop to obey the law.
"I'd like to see the whole setup go away. I don't think it's good for the city or my business," Weisman said.
"I really hope this serves as an example to other property owners that you can't just turn a blind eye and say, 'Hey I can't do anything about it,'" Bates said.
The same county judge ruled two months ago the truck stop is a public nuisance.
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