A new anti-prostitution law law in West Charlotte, N.C., has had a promising start, says the Charlotte Observer. The streets are cleaner, but no one’s claiming victory yet. The impact of the Prostitution Exclusion Zone, which started June 1 and bars prostitutes and johns from re-entering the Wilkinson Boulevard neighborhood, is already reaching beyond the homes and businesses among a handful of streets. On Thursday, residents in an adjacent community voted to lobby the City Council for their own exclusion zone.
One local neighborhood association officer said he hasn’t had to call the police to get prostitutes off the street in two weeks. “It’s wonderful not having the girls flash you every day.” Under the new law, people arrested for any of 10 prostitution-related crimes are banned from an area for 90 days. If police see an excluded person in the area again, he or she can be arrested for trespassing, unless they have a pre-approved exception. Police can arrest someone solely for coming back to the exclusion zone. After the arrest, a judge can force the prostitutes, many of whom struggle with addiction, into a treatment program. They’re also offered rehabilitation programs in jail.