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Eight more arrested, 14 total for alleged prostitution in South City

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SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has arrested eight more people in connection with a prostitution investigation.

Six women were arrested on Monday in numerous locations along South Broadway in St. Louis.

Police said the suspects were arrested for alleged involvement in prostitution on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

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On Tuesday, Barry Swanagan, Joshua Hamlett, Saud Mehmedovic, Steve Harter, Lee Walker, and Amanda Osthoff were arrested after an investigation occurred along S. Broadway.

Swanagan and Walker were issued city summonses for "Patronizing Prostiution". Osthoff was issued a city summons for "Prostitution".

Police were called to investigate an incident on Wednesday also on S. Broadway.  A 16-year-old girl, Bridget Johnson, Jamie Lowry, Jennifer Greene, Melinda Patterson, and Amber Kise were arrested in connection with alleged prostitution investigation. 

Police said the girl was booked and released to her parents. 

Forty-three-year-old Danielle Langston, 30-year-old Rita Bauman, 42-year-old Lisa Rider, 34-year-old Melissa Maybearry, and 30-year-old Jessica Cotham were all issued city summonses as a result of their arrest.

Some South City neighborhoods are at their wits end with the prostitution problem that they say is getting worse.

The influx now has people concerned for their safety and the safety of their children.

"I see a lot of girls walking. I see a lot of cars from out of state driving through the neighborhood," said Angel Tutt, a South City resident.

It's a sight residents say they are sick of seeing along South Broadway and South Grand Boulevard.

St. Louis City Police know there's a problem and say they're patrolling.

Tutt wants this problem to end, and says she's continuously picking up the unsighlty reminders.

"We have to clean up the parks, we have to clean up your drug paraphernalia, your used condoms," Tutt said.

Alderwoman Sarah Martin said summertime is the prime time for this activity.  One of the more popular hot spots she says is South St. Louis Square Park.

"People don't want to risk bringing their children over here when you see that type of behavior," said Martin.

Tutt said something needs to be done to stop this dangerous cycle.

"There are people in the neighborhood who are handing out pamphlets that are talking to these women to figure out is it drug related, is it money related, is it you have other issues," said Tutt.

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