Attorney Michael Erlich posted on Monday, August 13, 2012
Being arrested on the suspicion on soliciting prostitution is not only a serious and an embarrassing matter but if the City has its way, it will be a costly one as well. The proposed legislation would allow the Worcester district attorney to apply the drug forfeiture laws to prostitution-related crimes. City Solicitor David M. Moore said the special legislation is similar to legislation filed by the city in 1996 and nearly identical to a bill pending before the state Senate filed by Sen. John F. Keenan, D-Quincy.
While the special legislation sought by the city manager would apply only to Worcester, the proposed general legislation now before the Legislature would authorize the state attorney general and district attorneys statewide to seek court orders declaring prostitution-related property as eligible for forfeiture.
At first glance you would think that it would have a deterrent effect on prostitution but I would love to see the statistics on how much of a deterrent effect the same forfeiture laws have had on drug dealing. You might think twice the next time you let someone borrow your vehicle.