JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — There is a city in Florida with one of America’s most dangerous communities.
Jacksonville is one of only two places in the state where there are fewer than 10 murders a day.
The other is Jacksonville, Florida.
Jacksonvale is also home to the nation’s oldest bathhouse and is just across the border from a hotbed of prostitution.
It has one the worst gun violence rates in the country.
The murder rate is higher than most places, according to FBI statistics, and is nearly twice the national average.
And when it comes to the bathhouse business, Jacksonvillians say it’s just as dangerous.
It’s the bathhouses most dangerous place, according a recent analysis of data from the National Institute of Justice, because of the sheer number of people working in the business, its proximity to prostitution, and the high rate of violence.
The analysis found that the number of violent crimes in the bath houses is three times the national rate.
That number is higher because the business is not regulated, according the analysis.
It is not subject to state or local gun control laws.
It’s also not required to register as a sex offender.
A bill that would have legalized prostitution in Florida has stalled in Congress.
But it has not slowed Jackson’s decline.
“It’s really sad, because it’s the biggest industry here, and we really, really want it to stay here,” said Mark Stokes, who works at the Jackson Village Bathhouse.
But that doesn’t mean Jackson has made a quick exit from its current crisis.
The problem is, the bath house business is booming, according Stokes.
He said there’s been a lot of turnover in the past year, with people switching to other places to work, such as in the nearby cities of Tampa and Jacksonville.
In recent years, there have been about 60 percent more murders in Jackson and Stokes said that’s due to the high number of johns in the city, including some of the young men.
“We’ve got to get this business back,” he said.
“We have to put some rules on it.”
The city councilman said he wants to bring in more police officers and make it harder for johns to operate the business.
According to the FBI, there are more than 10,000 johns working in America.
One of those johns is John DeFusco, who is now serving a 15-year prison sentence for rape.
DeFusche said the business has taken a toll on his family and he’s not sure what he will do when his time is up.
I’m scared for my wife, I’m scared to leave her, he said, according on the Jacksons Facebook page.
“My kids are scared.”
Jackson is in the middle of a police investigation into the death of a 23-year-old woman who died at the hotel last month.
On Monday, police said they have arrested a man who allegedly stabbed the woman at the downtown Jacksontown Hotel.
Authorities said they had found a knife at the scene and the hotel is cooperating with the investigation.
Bathhouse owner Jack Stokes says he’s done nothing wrong.
The owner of Jacksondown Bathhouse said he was surprised to learn of the arrest of the man.
Stokes is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison.
He said he has no idea why the man was in the hotel, and that he has never been involved in any prostitution.
Stokes said he thinks the man has a criminal history and that there could be other victims of prostitution in Jacksion, which is also in the center of the region’s prostitution industry.
After the incident, a Jackson resident said he noticed more than two dozen male prostitutes, including the man who stabbed the 23-old.
The man has not been arrested.
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