ONLY ON 3: Women say others are prostituting themselves to stay in Salvation Army shelter

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Salvation Army’s mission is to help people in crisis, but two women say that’s not the case in Wilmington. The Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Wilmington provides a roof over the head of homeless people at a weekly price of $56.

One woman claims she was kicked out on a rainy, Saturday night because she could not come up with the money. Mammie Taylor says women in the shelter are prostituting themselves for the cash so they won’t have to sleep on the streets.

Maj. Richard Watts heads up the Wilmington Salvation Army corps. He says he’s not aware of the problem, but says it does not surprise him.

“I’ve been doing this for 40 years,” Watts said. “I’m fully aware that men and women have left our shelter and raised money in an illegal and illicit manner, and that’s unfortunate.”

Coming up on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 6 p.m., we’ll hear from the Taylor and another, who are trying to make a change in the shelter.

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