Deborah Shepard watches from her kitchen window as the prostitutes flirt, strut, flash and strike business deals along busy Eastern Avenue. On any given day, she sees three or four on the corner by her house, desperate for quick cash.
Sometimes, D.C. police show up, pushing the activity over to the Maryland side of the street, which forms the D.C.-Prince George's County line. But usually, Shepard said, she sees a scene of uninterrupted commerce, with johns circling in cars and prostitutes looking for opportunities. Farther up the street, the activity usually is the same, she said, with two or three prostitutes lingering day or night outside a liquor store.