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Atlanta looks to banish prostitutes from city

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The Atlanta City Council Public Safety committee took another look at a proposal to banish prostitutes from the city.

At this time, the ordinance states that prostitutes convicted of soliciting sex in specified parts of the town could face jail time, fines or even banishment from city limits.

Several community groups including the ACLU expressed concern that the proposal further victimizes sex workers, who they claim are often forced into prostitution

Groups want the council to take banishment off the table, and stop its attempt to regulate what the ACLU sees as consensual sex between adults.

"It should instead focus its efforts on human sex trafficking, the sexual exploitation of minors, both of which are rampant problems in this city," ACLU attorney Chad Brock said.

Midtown neighbor Steve Gower sat and listened as these groups advocated for sex workers, but Gower supports the proposal.

"If we can get street prostitution out of midtown it would go a long way to addressing other issues," Gower said.

At this point no decision has been reached on how the city will move forward.

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