The city is bracing for a spike in demand for escorts after an influx of wealthy Americans started flocking to Detroit from other major cities.
As Detroit grapples with a record $25.4 billion budget deficit, a surge in demand from affluent Americans has spurred officials to issue new rules and restrict the number of people who can be seen on the city’s streets.
In the past week alone, at least 20 escorts were arrested in the city, according to police.
“We are dealing with an influx and we need to do everything in our power to contain it,” said Detroit police Capt. James Ritchie.
“But we also have to recognize that this is a new world and it will take time to control the influx.”
The new regulations are intended to protect women from being seen with men who are already wealthy and have children, said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.
“We’ve seen an influx, and people want to make sure they’re protected,” Craig said.
The new rules are the latest in a string of rules aimed at curbing the influx of rich, affluent Americans who have moved to the city in recent years.
Police also are warning people that it is illegal to solicit or attempt to solicit an escort in the Detroit area.
Ritchie said Detroit is now the top destination for wealthy Americans who want to see a woman, and it is their intention to pay.
People who have been arrested are still under arrest, and they will be arraigned Monday, he said.
The city’s public safety director, Jim Tomsula, said he is monitoring the situation and is “monitoring what is happening out here.”
Craig said the city has more than 2,000 escort agencies, many of which are operated by men.
Craig pointed out that the number one target of the influx is women, and that he said the number is on the rise.
Detroit Police said the police are enforcing the new rules on Sunday, and officers will be in the area to patrol on Monday.
While the number arrests are on the upswing, Craig said the surge has made it more difficult to keep track of the numbers.
He said police are working with the escorts to keep their safety top priority.
“We’re not going to let them get away with that, and we’re not gonna let them walk into the streets,” Craig told Fox News.
“They’re going to have to pay a fine.”
Detroit is a city of about 730,000 people, and Craig said there is a lot of competition for escorting clients.
“If you’re looking to do a nice evening with someone, you need to make them feel like it’s a great time and you’re the only one that cares about them,” Craig added.
“If you want to have a good time, and if you want a relationship, it’s going to be hard for them to get into Detroit.”
Detroit has had a recent reputation for being a hot spot for prostitution, with some cities reporting a high number of arrests.
In 2014, for example, police arrested 3,819 prostitutes in Detroit.
It has been reported that prostitution is a $1 billion business in the nation’s second-largest city, but Craig said he does not believe the increase in demand is directly tied to the rise in the number escorts.
“I think the real numbers are higher than that,” Craig explained.
“I think they’re just getting more of a sense of awareness.
I think they realize that they’re dealing with a large amount of people.
There’s not a lot that’s going on in the world that you can’t do.”