Apparently, years of advertising so called massages (translated money for happy ending) in the Riverfront Times was not enough for women and now they have taken to the streets day and night. So, what is the city's response to enforcing crimes of prostitution--22nd Ward Alderman, Jeffrey Boyd posted a rather strange proposal for a brothel asking for thoughts on Twitter.
“A constituent suggested legalizing prostitution at the ward mtg [meeting] since its out of control and low level crime. Brothels What do you think?”
The suggest was raised by Joyce Glaspy at the council meeting who was searching for ways to protect these women rather than locking them up for prostitution. Glaspy claimed that a brothel would provide security for these women and get them off the streets.
Alderman Boyd stated that police have cracked down on prostitutes along Dr. Martin Luther King Dr which has caused them to relocate services to Hodiamont Ave. This is a classic case of Displacement Theory which suggests that if the same house is robed several times and the homeowners eventually install a burglar alarm, the burglars will not stop but simply move on to the next house nearby.
When Glaspy first suggested the idea of legalizing prostitution in Saint Louis City, Alderman Boyd was shocked at first and thought nobody would take the idea seriously. Later, Glaspy contacted the Alderman and demanded that she be taken seriously and has apparently convinced the Alderman to Tweet about the idea of legalized prostitution in the form of sanctioned brothels.
“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.
I suspect that many of these working women are doing it because of unemployment and not necessarily due to mental illness. Perhaps, the Alderman should be checked for mental issues for his Twitter comments. On one end, he stated that he would not take the idea of legalizing prostitution seriously and yet, he asked people about it through a popular social networking website.