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Jul 9, 2015 5:47 PM

Police: Manchester heroin epidemic leads to human-trafficking


MANCHESTER - The heroin epidemic is now fueling a series of new drug-related crimes in the Queen City.

That according to Manchester's chief of police.

“The heroin epidemic in this country ties into everything from prostitution to property crime,” said Chief Nick Willard of Manchester Police.

Donna Jordan lives off of Manchester Street in the city and says enough is enough when it comes to the women that hang out on her street corner late at night - and even in the middle of the day.

“I get tired of seeing it," she said. "Everywhere you go they're there. Go somewhere else, you know?”

These women are the faces of prostitution in Manchester and some of them are caught up in much more.

“They're hooked to the heroin that the pimp is providing them," Willard said. "So they’ll give them heroin, and they say, 'You’ll get your next batch when you make ‘x’ amount of dollars.'”

One area where police are seeing human-trafficking is near Manchester Street, right where Jordan lives.

Chief Willard told NH1 News, “Our women in this country are being victimized by this, addicted by these men who coerce them.”

Police see it as victimization, but Jordan - who sees them day in and day out - isn’t on the same page.

“I know one personally who is a prostitute," she said. "She does heroin, this that and everything else. They ask for what they get.”


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