Sarasota Police Department warns against prostitution with new Public Service Announcement

SARASOTA, Fla. – October 10, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department has arrested 73 individuals soliciting prostitutes, also known as "Johns," in the City of Sarasota since November 2013. In an attempt to continue to curtail the solicitation of prostitution on the streets of the City of Sarasota, the Sarasota Police Department has created a Public Service Announcement.

In the public service announcement, which can be viewed at, Sergeant Demetri Konstantopoulos with the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit, explains how prostitution can negatively impact a community: the destruction of families, decline in property values, negatively impact tourism and the continuation of other drugs and alcohol related activity.

The video also explains if you plan to visit the City of Sarasota for prostitution related activity, officers with the Sarasota Police Department will be continuing to crack down on illegal activity.

"It’s another tool for us to use from our tool box for the fight against prostitution. The Sarasota Police Department continues a ‘No Tolerance’ stance on prostitution. The City of Sarasota is beautiful place and community members are continuing to revitalize the North Trail. We’re trying to change to reputation of the North Trail and in order to do that we’re going to take drastic measures to deter prostitution in our city," said Sgt. Konstantopoulos.