Prostitutes on Dorchester Avenue are not new, but their growing presence has prompted District 3 City Councilor Frank Baker to hold a community meeting Monday, Sept. 24, to address the issue and find out from residents where the problem is the worst and what they think should be done.
“Every time I’d drive out onto Dorchester Avenue I’d see two, three even seven,” said Councilor Baker, a Savin Hill resident, who was reached by phone. “It’s gotten bad and I want to see what their [the police] plan is. People are frustrated and I don’t want it to be acceptable.”
In a letter to the community, Baker said he has received a number of complaints from residents.
“In response to numerous constituent calls I have received regarding this matter, I feel as though it is necessary to get the whole community together in an effort to find out what is being done to curtail this major problem,” read the letter. “I would like to ask and encourage the leaders and membership of all civic organizations and other interested parties to attend this meeting to engage in a conversation concerning what is fast becoming an epidemic.”
Baker, while concerned, acknowledged that the Boston Police Department has been responsive to the problem.
“I’ve seen a decline in the past couple of weeks and I want to stay on the forefront of this,” said Baker. “My concern is they are becoming more organized.”
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Saint Mark’s Church located at 1725 Dorchester Ave.