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January 18, 2009

DC Government Got This One Bass-ackwards

by Stephen Gordon

The District of Columbia intends to create Prostitution Free Zones during Obama’s inauguration.  From WUSA:

District police have placed signs along 5th and I Streets. They read, “Warning, Prostitution Free Zone.” Those who disobey could be fined 300 dollars, and even jailed. But will the city’s plan work?

DC City Councilman Jim Graham said officers cannot enforce loitering laws, which is the reason for these signs.

“Because this is focused, its limited in time, its aimed at a very specific issue, if you don’t move along, well put you in the car,” he said.

Whomever planned this really doesn’t know DC geography very well.  The last time I checked, the Johns hang out on K Street.  The prostitutes do most of their business from the Cannon, Rayburn and Longworth Office Buildings.  When the prostitution happens in DC, unlike the time-honored tradition of the world’s oldest trade, it’s the taxpayers who get screwed.


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6 Comments

  1. ……and the difference between a prostitute and a politician is?…….

    Comment by Everitt Mickey — January 18, 2009 @ 8:03 pm
  2. In both cases, someone gets paid and someone gets screwed. With a politician, it’s not the John who gets screwed, though.

    Comment by Stephen Gordon — January 18, 2009 @ 8:11 pm
  3. I don’t understand the problem. These are prostitution-free zones, right? Won’t it help with crowd control if the working girls are giving it away?

    Comment by Akston — January 18, 2009 @ 10:31 pm
  4. They don’t just give it away, though. They prefer the free market.

    Comment by Stephen Gordon — January 19, 2009 @ 12:46 am
  5. However, they may have cause to ask for yet another bailout.

    Comment by Stephen Gordon — January 19, 2009 @ 12:48 am
  6. So when did prostitution become legal in the rest of the city. I thought the whole city was supposed to be prostitution free. I guess not.

    Comment by TerryP — January 19, 2009 @ 7:13 am

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