One of the biggest names in Memphis towing has powerful trucks that can pull airplanes, tugboats and even fish your car out of the river. But the wrecker service can't seem to put a hook on the hookers infesting their south Memphis neighborhood.
A snapshot taken by an employee of Davenport Wrecker Service shows a prostitute soliciting a driver at Road Runner Petro, a truck stop at South Third. The wrecker service owns the truck stop, and leases to Road Runner Petro.
Davenport staff say they have a clear view of illicit activities on the lot and call police often. Some, like driver Jimmy Rines, say the police aren't doing a good enough job. It is an eyesore.
Godwin's staff produced a report of prostitution arrests citywide in the past three months, some in the vicinity of the truck stop. Far from ignoring prostitution, the police director noted April's Operation Fallen Angel, which netted dozens of hookers.
Police also busted johns and seized their cars in Operation Wheels for Deals. Godwin said sometimes calls about the illicit sex trade receive a lower priority. That's one.
That's above everything," Godwin said. Everything else becomes specialized, whether it be addressing drug deals, prostitution, gambling, vice operations The towing service has called police on problem people at the truck stop so often, there's an official listing of persons barred from the premises.
But even after getting arrested, the same hookers - repeat offenders - return night after night. The operator of Road Runner Petro told said he tries to run off hookers, but is often outed. In the meantime, Davenport staffers say, they'll keep reporting the presence of prostitution as their way of Taking Back Our Neighborhoods!
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