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Ordinance establishes mandatory minimum sentence for prostitutes and "Johns"

4 years ago January 19, 2011 Jan 19, 2011 Wednesday, January 19 2011 Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:44:20 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

BATON ROUGE- Since Thanksgiving, Baton Rouge police have picked up about 50 people on prostitution charges.  But one Metro Council Member wants to make sure if charges become convictions, that consequences follow and they won't be the typical type.

Tara Wicker is fed-up with "slap on the wrist" justice for people who sell and buy sex in Baton Rouge, so she's proposing an ordinance that requires anyone convicted on prostitution, or solicitation of prostitution charges to serve either 90-days in jail or 240-hours of community service.

But Wicker doesn't plan to stop her attack on the sex business there.  She wants a law for pimps, like the ones that sell services on Craigslist.  Wicker also wants "Johns" picked up for soliciting to lose their car, and those convicted to go to "John School," to learn the impacts of their so-called "business."

The ordinance goes to the full council next week.  But soon, the city will be posting the names and pictures of people who are caught soliciting prostitutes on the City Court website.

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