To help combat prostitution and human trafficking in the Harry Hines Boulevard area, police suggested an expansion of regulations against vehicles cruising around, which have been limited in the past to control traffic in Deep Ellum and the Central Business District.
Smalley said it is the epicenter of prostitution activity in Dallas. Legitimate businesses in the area have long complained about the nuisance of prostitution.
James Craig who runs Dennis Road Automotive said he was pleased to see a new enforcement approach from the city. Councilman Adam Bazaldua who represents portions of Southeast Dallas and Fair Park said he was adamantly opposed to the new restriction on cruising.
He said it could be used to unfairly single out certain people who had committed no crimes. Not just the Harry Hines and Walnut Hill area.
Public speakers at the City Council Meeting also complained that the prostitute should be helping women involved in prostitution instead of creating a new mechanism to write tickets. Police said diversion programs dallas already in place to rescue prostitutes and human trafficking victims who are found on the street and provide the opportunity for a new life, avoiding jail. Smalley said all women have been offered alternative diversion programs recently and none have gone to jail on prostitution charges as happened frequently in the past.
The measure was removed from the City Council consent agenda for separate consideration and then delayed until the next voting agenda meeting to provide time for additional conversations with the community. Local The latest news from around North Texas.
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