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Police: Ashamed victims a challenge for prostitution robbery investigations

by: Sara Whaley Updated:


TULSA, Okla. - FOX23 learned more and more men are getting robbed while trying to find local prostitutes and often they are too ashamed to come forward.
Police said these types of robberies are happening all over Tulsa. When victims are too ashamed to follow through with prosecution police said a bigger problem is created.
“They’re angry at that moment. They want something done about it but when the cold light of reason hits them they decide maybe it’s not such a great idea. They’ve got a family or they’re afraid people are going to look down on them but we’ve got to get violent people off the streets,” said Sgt. Brandon Watkins.
Watkins said there is a high probability that those involved in the crimes are also involved in others.
“Generally if you’re violent toward strangers you don’t just keep it into your customer base. They’ll be violent toward everybody and anything,” Watkins said.
Watkins said one man and woman were hit last weekend. Both victims told police they hired a prostitute and were beaten with a weapon when she arrived.
Both times she was seen running away with a man.
“We want those people behind bars,” Watkins said.
In fact, police said they tracked down one woman and brought her in for questioning but the victims dropped charges.
“When you have reticent victims we have to find other ways of stopping these guys,” Watkins said.