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Flint woman uses signs, social media to spread message

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(06/11/13) - A Flint woman is using social media and handmade signs to get her message across on the city's southside - signs like what we've previously seen in other parts of the city.

They do grab your attention. One business owner nearby says it's negative attention, and he'd like to see the signs gone.

"I don't know what else to do," said Trisca Barrett.

So, Barrett did what others in Flint have done. She made signs. 

"That's what gave me the idea," she said.

Barrett believes there is prostitution taking place in her neighborhood, near Fenton Rd. and Crawford St. - one filled with kids who have questions.

"I shouldn't have to explain it to a 9-year-old," she said.

We witnessed an exchange between Barrett and a woman across the street during our interview - a woman Barrett believes is part of the problem.

We then interviewed the woman, who did not want to be identified.

"We don't have a car. We walk. I'm sick of being harassed," she said.

Barrett isn't budging. She says she'll keep posting pictures of the men and women on Facebook and she'll keep the signs up.

Timothy Kimball, owner of Affordable Wheel and Tire, right across the street, wishes she's wouldn't.

"Go to a city meeting or do something better than that. That just doesn't look good for the whole neighborhood," he said.

We spoke with neighbors who don't mind the signs. They too are concerned about the children in the area.

We also spoke with Flint Police, who tell us they do investigate these calls about prostitution. They were not aware of specific calls Barrett had made about her neighborhood.

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