LEFT OF DAYTON

PROGRESS REPORT ON CITY of DAYTON PROSTITUTION ORDINANCE/STRATEGY | December 3, 2007

Starting in January, getting caught in a compromised “situation” with a prostitute in Dayton will get you sent back to “school”, John School, that is. Convicted offenders of city anti prostitution laws will be required to attend a type of aversion therapy as part of the sentencing process. According to Assistant City Manager Julie Howington, city officials felt that while work continues on details for a zone specific ordinance, that immediate measures were also needed.

Ms Howington emphasized that the “John School” was something that the city could implement with a minimum of extra effort, working in coordination with local law enforcement agencies and the courts. While details about exact curriculum are sketchy at this time, “John Schools” usually involve lectures on STD’s, legal ramifications and also usually include interactive sessions with former prostitutes /social agencies to address other more direct societal – personal impact issues.

The blowback to the initial discussion from citizens & community organizations centered on the negative connotations inherent in using signage to designate the targeted zones, and,  it appears that if used at all, such signage will be very  limited in scope. “the police know where the areas of activity are”, Howington said,

Two tasks forces have been established by the Managers office, one with City law enforcement, the law department and the managers office, and another, involving Montgomery County personnel, including the sheriff. “involving the Sheriff and County is critical,”said Howington, ” they control the Jail, and have access to funding sources for rehabilitation programs not available to city government. We want to do more than just add to the jail burden, hopefully to find some rehabilitation avenues where at least some of the newer, younger prostitutes might be helped out of that life. ”

Ms Howington acknowledged the intractability of the problem, noting that” people have been working on this for hundred of years without much really changing. The hope is that you can have some effect, to help some women, deter some “johns” and make a difference in the neighborhoods impacted by prostitution”

“It is also good that this discussion is now more public, ” Howington said, “too often people want to avoid dealing with issues like prostitution, pretending it isn’t happening. A public focus gives us more latitude to do more.”

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