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Committee approves measures to deter prostitution
CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Members of Cincinnati's City Council are giving anti-prostitution measures a thumbs up.
A committee voted Monday to pass several measures including publishing the names of people convicted of prostitution-related offenses. Council member Yvette Simpson has been working on dealing with prostitution and human trafficking for months.
Names of people convicted of prostitution-related offenses would be released to the media in an effort to deter suspects. Last week barricades went up at McMicken near Straight Street, McMicken near Freeman Avenue, and McMicken near Race Street. People who live in the community say the prostitutes are up and down the street at all times of the day.
Council members are now considering bumping-up fines for prostitution related offenses and using that money to fund programs to reduce prostitution. Names of Johns would also be released on the city's government access channel or in press releases.
Maureen France, a resident of the area, said, "I agree that this is desperate measures, but it's a desperate problem and it has been for five years. So, I just wanted to speak in support of the motions. I can't imagine really anybody objecting to them and I agree with the human trafficking position about prosecuting the Johns. The Johns are definitely enslaving these women, there's no doubt about it."
Not everyone likes the barricades. One woman told council that they're problematic for people catching buses. Police say the barricades could stay in place for about three months.
A final vote on the measures could be taken Wednesday.
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