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Even with temperatures in the 50s, there was no shortage of women strolling the streets of Westwood in hot pants and leggings.

Prostitution has become as much a part of Westwood and the Bissonnet areas as a traffic signal.

Doreen Ng lives in Sugar Land, but her sons attend a sports camp in Westwood.  She applauds Higher Dimension Church for teaming up with the community to address prostitution and human trafficking in the area.

"My kids are enrolled in basketball lessons and the kids really enjoy the lessons and it would only be helpful if this area is safer," Ng said.

That's the focus of Pastor Terrance Johnson at Higher Dimension.  He has called for a town hall meeting in January.  Their goal will be to not only get the women off the streets, but find an alternative lifestyle to ensure they stay off.

Danario Edgar runs his basketball camp out of Higher Dimension's community center.  Every day, his goal is to guide and mold these young minds, but it becomes difficult with outside influences like the sex industry that seems to permeate Westwood.

That's why he applauds the church and those in the community for stepping up to the plate to get a grip on one of the world's oldest professions.

"That's what Higher Dimension is doing here.  We're actually training people the right way to live lives the right way.  When you don't know any better you don't do any better," he said.

The town hall meeting is scheduled for Jan. 9 at Higher Dimension Church in southwest Houston.

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