Madison considers a law to fight Internet prostitution
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By STEVEN VERBURG April 9, 2010 4:55 pm
Madison is considering a new law to help police bust prostitution that is moving from the streets to the Internet. The proposal would go beyond the existing prohibition against streetwalking to outlaw Web-based advertisements and other online communication designed to bring together sex workers and johns. "You want an ordinance to more accurately keep up with technology," said Lt. David Jugovich, a supervisor at the police department West District, where community policing team officers last year made more than a dozen arrests after investigating complaints about online prostitutes.
The ordinance is scheduled to be introduced at Tuesday's City Council meeting. It will be reviewed in committee before coming back for a council vote.Police Chief Noble Wray supports the ordinance, but said enforcing it would be labor intensive. "It would definitely take a sting operation," Wray said. "You'd have to monitor the Internet and then be in contact with the parties involved. "Because sex ads typically aren't explicit usually they offer escorts, massages or "good times" police call, e-mail or text the person who placed the advertisement and arrange to meet them at a motel or other place where an undercover officer would make an arrest after the suspect clearly proposed sex for pay.