CHELSEA, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Police have given FOX25 rare access to their Vice unit to show viewers a problem they are seeing too often.
Police say they have recently seen a constant issue with prostitution. Police allowed FOX25’s Blair Miller to go along undercover to see what they are doing to crack down.
“You have a lot of people from outside the city whether it's early in the morning going to work or late in the afternoon, so this is just a place where they pass through,” said Chelsea police chief Brian Kyes.
Two female undercover officers were put on the streets to pose as prostitutes.
"If he comes out and knows exactly what he wants and he's out here specifically looking for it, he may not waste any time, He may just come out see a girl, pull up to her, have conversation with her, and ask for a particular service," Chelsea police Lt. Dave Betz said.
One car pulled up and police said the driver made an offer to the undercover officer on the street.
“He expects to get what he paid for but he might get a lot more than what he paid for. Someone could be waiting for him to stab him, rob him. And the prostitute, we've had cases where prostitutes have been taken far beyond where they thought they were going to go and get killed,” said Betz.
Audrey Morrissey says she was sexually exploited decades ago on the streets of Boston. Now, through her work at My Life My Choice, she tries to save young girls dragged into the industry of sex. She applauds what police are doing for not just targeting the women.
"It is not okay to buy and sell people," Morrissey said.
The man arrested denied any wrongdoing. In all, officers arrested six people on Oct. 23.
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