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Easton Pennsylvania Wants to Take Car of Anyone Looking for Prostitute

Will Impounding Johns' Cars Put Prostitution to Bed?

Looking to punish demand, and not just supply, Easton, PA, is considering a law that would allow police to seize the cars of anyone seeking a prostitute.

Any vehicle used to solicit or patronize sexual services would be subject to impounding. If a john gets convicted of soliciting a prostitute, the city could sell his car.

Since officials usually target the workers, it's somewhat refreshing to see equivalent attention paid to the customer criminals. Even so, I'm not sure any law will help end the timeless sale of sex. Will this measure put the issue of prostitution to bed?


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geebers geebers 9 years
Correct me if I am wrong but isn't there a country (probably one of the Scandinavian ones...) that makes it legal to sell sex but illegal to buy it? Basically a woman can be a prostitute and solicit but any man that actually pays for it will get arrested. I find that such a great law personally- it gets to the heart of the matter. The buyers are what run the industry so I think focusing on them makes a lot of sense to me. But impounding their cars does not seem like a smart move... how is that even going to work? I say that prostitution should be legalized. It is always going to exist and women need to be protected from abuse and misuse if they are going to do it.
redegg redegg 9 years
I agree, UnDave. There will be a Prostitute's Pay to Park lot down the street, LOL.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 9 years
UnDave that's the best idea yet ~ I guess the officers will then have to settle for their shoes. And, after walking those streets a few times gun sales should go up and help boost the economy.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
it wont. there are still way to "do it"
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
The only thing I see this doing is making the Johns walk to the area where the prostitutes are. I guees that's a good thing, it gives the Johns a little exercise.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 9 years
I also agree with Michelin. I think legalizing prostitution is a much better option; otherwise, rape and murder cases will likely increase. Then there is always "Hey Mom can I borrow the car?" or perhaps get a rental car for the night with insurance....I wonder how that would work:ponder:
Meike Meike 9 years
Oh, as for the punishment, it will not stop prostitution. Prostitution is an ancient profession and will always thrive whatever the circumstances are.
Meike Meike 9 years
I agree with Michelin 100% as well. I'm all for legalizing prostitution if it's strictly regulated. There would definitely be less corruption involved if it was legalized and heavily regulate. Think Netherlands.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
That's your opinion, stiletta. And while I could never do it myself, I would never tell someone that doing something they enjoy is "degrading" and "uncivilized." That seems kind of closed-minded. I agree that this will be uneven punishment, though. I don't think there's any way to evenly administer something like that.
Eilonwy Eilonwy 9 years
"I just think making a woman's body a commodity is, by definition, degrading" I agree entirely stiletta. The reality, however, is that this profession will remain entrenched within our society. Whether it is subject to greater regulation and protection through legalization or continues with its surfeit of attacks, rape, deaths and battery in the shadows of illegality is an entirely different matter. If is for the very degradation that you cite that it should be formalized.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I am very much against legalizing prostitution. I know women say they enjoy it and that it's a choice, but as a woman, I just think making a woman's body a commodity is, by definition, degrading. There is simply no place for it in a civilized society.
Eilonwy Eilonwy 9 years
Michelin, agree 100%
Michelann Michelann 9 years
Eilonwy, I see what you're saying and somewhat agree. If prostitution were legalized, laws could regulate the industry and significantly decrease the violence and disease usually associated with the trade. Furthermore, it would allow prostitutes who DO experience abuse to report it. The fact that prostitution is illegal only makes it less safe for everybody involved.
Eilonwy Eilonwy 9 years
Although I agree with your argument michelin, I do think that some would qualify sex workers, at least certain workers, as victims of an exploitative, abusive and horrific industry. That is not to say it should not be legalized, only that with the frequency of rape, battery, illness and substance abuse within prostitution many of the women could *easily* be considered victims.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Good point, Michelin about different car values!!
Michelann Michelann 9 years
This is ridiculous. It's bad enough we punish consenting adults for having sex, but now we're selling their cars? We need to get the government out of our private lives. I'm not sure why anybody thinks prostitution should be a criminal offense. Who is the victim? Furthermore, different 'Johns' will have various vehicles with different values. This is punishing the same crime disproportionately.
em113 em113 9 years
I like the idea of punishment policies moving more towards the solicitors.
LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 9 years
I think its a good idea, but it still wont stop them all :( There will be quite a few that will think twice before lookin for a little lot love.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Bella, I like that idea. I think public embarrassment is the way to go. It kind of reminds me of "party plates" in Ohio.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 9 years
I think most men who solicit prostitutes are doing it for the thrill of danger and excitement...among other things. Getting their car impounded will only up that ante. Just like gambling and drugs it has been proven that addiction and drive for this sort of thing is also timeless regardless of the even greater loss of family and job. Who knows, maybe it will create more crime when those men who need their fix try and retain their precious cars.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
I agree with Jillness. They will find other ways to get it.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I don't think that anything will stop prostitution.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
It's a good idea but i don't know if it will work. Men are always gonna be men even if their car is impounded and their wife left them.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
What happens to putting the guys on the city's website or maybe that's just in my city.
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