The exclusion zone runs along Nebraska Avenue between Seventh Avenue to the south and East Fowler Avenue to the north. Police targeted this area in Seminole Heights after discovering that 70 percent of prostitution related arrests in the last three years took place along this corridor.
The program has already banned nine people from the zone and has resulted in the arrest of three prostitutes for probation violations.
Last month the Tampa police department unveiled its new 'Prostitution Exclusion Zone' program. After a prostitute is arrested three times, the crime increases to a felony and carries the probationary stipulation that the offender cannot enter the exclusion zone. If she does, police can make an arrest without having to catch her in the act.