Commanders at North Carolina military bases carry a big stick when they decide a business is preying on troops with money to spend.
The Daily News of Jacksonville reported Monday that listing civilian-owned businesses that troops are forbidden to patronize has forced shops to change their ways or go out of business.
Just 14 of the 42 businesses on Camp Lejeune's list are still open. Thirteen were added to the list this year.
The newspaper reported the Marine base listed mostly old auto shops and closed prostitution dens until commander Col. Daniel Lecce this year banned two dozen shops known to sell designer drugs marketed as incense.
Military installations in every service branch maintain a similar list warning troops away from dangerous, illegal or predatory businesses.
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