Creating More "Hooker Free Zones"


The problem is, Huntington officers posing as prostitutes and johns are out of new disguises and they're too well known to keep sting operations working.

So chief Holbrook says we can bust hookers before the transaction, for prostitution loitering.

When she's not tending to her parrots on the porch, Ana Gaston is out stenciling hooker free zone on her sixth avenue sidewalk, and taking requests for more stencils from neighbors fed up with a seemingly endless parade of streetwalkers.

Ana Gaston says my roommate was assaulted down on the corner...it sparks more violence, it's a criminal step.

On Chief Holbrook’s suggestion, Huntington city attorney Scott McClure researched and wrote an ordinance amendment that lets police make an arrest by simply observing someone who repeatedly beckons to, engages, hails, and waves arms or other body parts - to solicit sex.

Scott McClure says add up all of the above and it shows someone is a prostitute, or is soliciting prostitution.

Randy points out that in a thick stack of Huntington police reports from over the weekend, not one prostitution arrest, but the folks we talked to on the street, say they saw plenty of prostitution, all weekend long.

Chief Holbrook, the city attorney, Ana Gaston, they all believe the new hooker loitering law will spark more arrests and create more hooker free zones.

Ana Gaston says it will help clean up the streets and all the problems in Huntington that go with it

The law talks about selling sex for money.

We're told some city council members want to expand the law to define prostitution as sex for money or drugs.

The city attorney says he gets a little worried about constitutionality there...so, the ordinance will stick with sex for money as the definition.

A first time prostitution arrest is a misdemeanor.

The penalty, up to a 100 dollar fine, or up to 30 days in jail, or both.

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