MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Police are going an extra step in cracking down on prostitution by asking judges to bar suspects from the city’s center.

Police Chief David Mara said his goal is to improve the quality of life in the city by combining an intensive arrest effort with bail conditions that keep those arrested for soliciting or engaging in prostitution out of the areas where they are most often picked up.

In most cases, judges have ordered suspected prostitutes and “johns” to stay out of the city’s center pending trial.

In some cases, the ban was rejected when one suspect said she lives in the target area and another said he is a truck driver who has to drive through the city.

Information from: New Hampshire Union Leader,

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