St. Louis alderman considering legal brothels

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by Chris Stanford/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 30 at 9:38 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Women are working the streets of St. Louis day and night, but is legalizing prostitution the answer? 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd is taking the suggestion seriously and wants feedback.

Boyd posted this tweet Thursday after a ward meeting: “A constituent suggested legalizing prostitution at the ward mtg since its out of control and low level crime.  Brothels What do you think?”

The woman who made that suggestion said she wanted to be taken seriously and offered it as a way to protect women in her community.

“These are human beings, and you can do something to help them,” said Joyce Glaspy.

Glaspy conceded that most folks in St. Louis won’t agree with her, but said a brothel would provide security for these women and get them off the streets.

Boyd said since police cracked down on prostitutes on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, the action has moved to Hodiamont Avenue. Prostitutes are known to work parts of Hodiamont from morning to night.

When Glaspy first brought up the idea of legalizing prostitution Boyd said he was shocked and thought it would never happen.  After the ward meeting Glaspy called Boyd and insisted she be taken seriously.  Boyd then gave it more thought and sent out the aforementioned tweet.

“This is a city of St. Louis problem,” said Boyd, “I want to be clear on that, and we do need to do a better job.”

Boyd said he would not support legalizing prostitution but does take the suggestion seriously given the magnitude of the problem. He said a better solution would be for more state dollars be used to address mental health issues.

“A lot of people out here that are prostituting themselves have deep rooted issues, (like) substance abuse that’s going on, let’s find a solution for that,” said Boyd.

 

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