This week Charleston police went undercover to crack down on prostitution on the city's west side, and they made seven arrests. But one west side pastor wishes he could have gotten to the prostitutes before they ended up behind bars.
The doors of Harvest Time Church of God on Charleston's west side are open to anybody, including prostitutes.
The church operates a soup kitchen six days a week.
Pastor Greg Casto says that's where he sees some prostitutes.
He says they don't have money to feed themselves because of drugs.
“They have no source of income because of their drug addiction,” said Casto. “Drug addiction is horrible on the west side.”
Charleston police say many women use prostitution to support their drug habits, and police say the problem has been growing on the west side. On Wednesday, they went undercover to try to clean it up and arrested seven people.
Pastor Casto says locking them up is only a temporary solution to the problem. He says with the help of God, they'll never want to return to the streets again.
His church is not only saving souls, but also changing lifestyles. The church tries to help prostitutes change their life around, by helping them find resources to better themselves, such as job training.