Seven people were arrested in a prostitution sting along and near South Broadway on Tuesday, police said.
Five women and two men were arrested during the sting, which ran from about 3 to 8 p.m. and netted arrests on Skinner, St. Francis, Funston and South Broadway, according to police records.
"This is a maintenance issue," said Capt. Troy Livingston, commander of the Patrol South bureau. "The residents and business owners on South Broadway deserve to live and work in an area that is free of prostitution and prostitution-related crimes."
South Broadway has long had a reputation as a haven for prostitution, Livingston said, but the environment appears to have changed somewhat.
"I don't think the problem is as prevalent as it used to be" on South Broadway, he said.
The two men who were arrested were 32 and 34 and were "johns," Livingston said.
The five women arrested Tuesday ranged in age from 24 to 43, records show. Each of them was given information about Project Butterfly, a partnership between Wichita police and the YWCA that tries to steer women away from prostitution and off drugs and alcohol.
"We're trying to present them with various options to get out of that way of life," Livingston said.