A Primer on the Trans Prostitute Gang in Midtown
The most distinct pattern of blatant street criminal activity afflicting the neighborhood
- This post heavily revised in 2014
As the old saying goes, know thy enemy. The threat to the Midtown community by this particular group of prostitutes entails much more than the street prostitution and and its incumbent nuisance activity (like drawing in cruising traffic and boisterous, obnoxious conduct) that they are notorious for. Not only do they blight any community afflicted by them, but they engage in a wide range of street crime such as drug activity, john rolling, assaults on residents, and much more. The lawlessness of this bunch of criminals attracts even more crime into the neighborhood, such as car break-ins and street muggings. These criminals endanger the Midtown community, and proactive and ambitious measures to counter this scourge must be implemented.
These prostitutes invade our neighborhood every night with unrelenting determination, and remain dead set on maintaining the area around Piedmont & 3rd as their territory. Of all the street criminal groups tracked by MPSA, the way they band together in furtherance of criminal activity makes this group particularly problematic. By comparison, the individuals in the other groupings tend to be solitary offenders. The lawlessness of their pursuits contributes greatly to a chaotic atmosphere attracting additional crime in the neighborhood, such as car break-ins and muggings. A safe neighborhood is not one in which people have to tip-toe around a band of street criminals.
Wherever street prostitution runs rampant, johns sometimes sexually harass area women and transgender people. Residents often find used condoms on streets and in alleyways around their houses, and children finding them can easily mistake them as balloons.
Drug use drives most street prostitution. Observations in our neighborhood include drug dealers coming around to sell drugs to this flock of street criminals. Residents routinely observe drug deals taking place in front of their homes, and drug dealers loitering in shadows and circling the block all night long. These dealers are not only serving to the prostitutes themselves, but are also drawing in others looking for drugs – often with the help of the prostitutes themselves.
Residents known to conduct neighborhood watch work or to regularly report their activity to the police can expect some form of retaliation. These criminals have been known to carry weapons, and every once in a while one of them is found to have a gun. They sometimes stash knives and machetes in people’s yards.
These criminals will readily swarm a potential victim when an opportunity appears. We once had a situation where a pair of these trans hoodlums marauding on Myrtle Street were about to criminally exploit a disabled resident – thankfully some neighbors readily understood what was happening and intervened. The MPSA patrol and volunteers have assisted elderly residents in keeping these criminals from using their properties for illegal purposes. In one case, a young woman was regularly stalked and bullied by a couple of these prostitutes until she moved away.
Any situation in which a faction of street criminals aggressively bands together on a nightly basis in furtherance of street crime directly imperils any healthy, thriving community. Your neighbors at the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance take a strong stand against such threats against the safety, security, and well-being of the Midtown community. Our vision of a greater Midtown experience leaves no room for these criminals, and we are out to eradicate them from our beautiful neighborhood…
n. Observations in our neighborhood include drug dealers coming around to sell drugs to this flock of street criminals. Many of the “drug thugs” that sometimes hang out with the trans prostitutes seem to be hoping to catch a crumb or two off of the prostitutes, but there are some cruising around the area looking to make a drug deal to prostitutes once they turn a trick. Residents regularly find needles discarded on the streets and along alleyways around their houses in areas frequented by trans prostitutes.
This group of criminals sometimes assault and stalk area residents. Midtowners have been threatened and menaced over the years by those having a hand in this pattern of criminal activity, have had their cars and properties vandalized, and in some cases have been robbed by them. In the last year alone, we have received reports of residents being repeatedly stalked, being hit with a brick and robbed by one of these trans criminals, and rock-throwing. One young woman was frightened so badly by being stalked that she moved from the area after living here only a month. They often gather in large numbers, and will readily swarm a potential victim when an opportunity appears. Residents known to conduct neighborhood watch work or to regularly report their activity to the police can expect some form of retaliation. While some supporters and sympathizers of this variant of street criminals claim that these criminals carry pepper spray and knives for self-protection, it must be understood that banding together for criminal purposes is, in itself, an act of aggression toward the Midtown community.
These variant of street criminals are depraved enough to exploit elderly and disabled residents in the neighborhood as evidenced by a situation where a disabled man was about to be rolled by a pair of these trans hoodlums marauding on Myrtle Street. They got him to lead them toward his house, but luckily some neighbors intervened because they understood immediately that their neighbor was being criminally exploited. MPSA patrol has assisted elderly residents in keeping these criminals from using their properties for illegal purposes.
John rolling occurs in nearly every place where street prostitution takes place, since patrons of these criminals make for easy targets. This is very difficult to measure, as the johns do not have much recourse when they are robbed, and street prostitutes exploit that. Very few would likely report being victimized by a prostitute as it happened, or would change details and perhaps location when they do. Filing an accurate report would incriminate them to illicit activity on their part, and put them at risk of being identified by a neighborhood group like ours since police reports are public records (and we would call them out in a heartbeat).
And last but not least, street prostitutes blight any community afflicted by their presence. Residents do not particularly enjoy watching strangers having sex in cars, or drug deals going down in front of their homes. The lawlessness of their pursuits contributes greatly to a chaotic atmosphere attracting additional crime in the neighborhood, such as car break-ins and muggings. Some people are resigned to their presence, and have concluded that if these street criminals are left alone nobody will get hurt. A safe neighborhood is not one in which people have to tip-toe around a band of street criminals. We have a vision of a safe neighborhood in which ordinary folks can walk around safely and comfortably.
The ongoing criminal activity described in the foregoing makes the situation all the more serious and is the primary reason MPSA is directing patrol in the area. Other than observations and reports from the Midtown community described above, not much is known about the inner workings of this unique and peculiar gang-like group intensively devoted to a life of street crime. Your neighbors at the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance understand the serious threats presented to the quality of life by these street criminals. We remain as determined as ever to eradicate crime and public disorder from the Midtown experience, especially when driven by an unrelenting, criminal-minded mob loitering and prowling around with a high degree of blatancy and insolence as exhibited by the trans prostitutes…