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Louisiana bill targets prostitutes, beggars

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 00:56

April 27 - A new bill in Louisiana goes after the illegal sex trade and panhandling on the streets. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Louisiana is looking to crack down on prostitution and panhandling. A bill by State Representative Austin Badon would strengthen the current solicitation law. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STATE REPRESENTATIVE AUSTIN BADON SAYING: "My bill simply says you cannot engage in any activity like flagging down a vehicle to draw up a ride or exchange money, which is what they're doing." He hopes it will lead to fewer beggars on the street. (SOUNDBITE) (English) STATE REPRESENTATIVE AUSTIN BADON SAYING: "Those people are actively working to be able to get your money and they're paying their cellphone bills, they're paying their computer bills. It's a racket." ACLU Executive Director Majorie Esman isn't sure the bill is a good idea. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACLU EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MAJORIE ESMAN SAYING: "Whether it's good public policy to have ways to continue to feed people into a criminal justice system when they're not doing harm to other human beings." The Badon bill passed the House by an 89-0 vote and will now go to the Senate.

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Louisiana bill targets prostitutes, beggars

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 00:56