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Police have charged five people, including a 70-year-old man, aftera crackdown on prostitution in Highgate.

Four men - a 70-year-old from Mt Lawley, a 64-year-old from Bedford, a 50-year-old from Joondanna and a 28-year-old from Booragoon were arrested last night and will be summonsed for seeking a prostitute, a police spokeswoman said.

The crackdown follows a community forum last month where residents recounted stories of harassment, including being propositioned by kerb crawlers, and disturbing levels of violence.

Local Mayor Alannah MacTiernan branded the area "hell on earth" for local women who were approached by johns on their way home.

A 33-year-old woman from Mount Helena was issued a move-on notice under the Prostitution Act and faces four charges of gaining benefit by fraud and two of attempting to gain benefit by fraud.

The men will appear in the Perth Magistrate's Court on December 19 and the woman on December 4.

Police are encouraging residents to call 131 444 to report people actively soliciting clients or prostitutes.

Patrols will continue to target the area, the spokeswoman said.