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Columbus Community unites to fight Prostitution

Columbus community unites to fight prostitution

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - Kim and Tommy Burnette lived in the Rose Hill area for many years. They moved to Florida and our now back in Columbus to help breathe life back into their neighborhood. The area has seen a recent spike in prostitution, drug, and other criminal activity.

"We moved back and decide we were going to take ownership of rose hill and try to turn the image around and make it a place we can be proud of," Tommy Burnette said.

And that mission started last night. Local law enforcement, Members of the community, and city leaders all came together with hopes of getting a better understanding of what can be done to better the Rose Hill area.

"Our area right here has been vandalized we've been victims of robberies especially our tenant and we have gone to the city for the past year and half," Burnette said.

The Burnette's and others in Rose Hill reached out to the city with hopes of getting officers to patrol areas more frequently. Over the past month law enforcement has made several prostitution and drug arrests.

Major Julius Graham with Columbus Police says that these efforts can only continue with help of people in the community.

"The purpose of is to sponsor and promote better cooperation and cohesiveness not only with the citizens of the community but also in their interaction with local law enforcement," Major Graham said.

The Brunette's tell us they are excited about what is to come in Rose Hill hoping that with time things will move forward in the right direction and their streets will be crime free once again.

"It was one of the prominent areas in Columbus, it has charm, it has grace and it has great neighbors," Kim Burnette said.

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