Escorts seek to halt Utah solicitation law

May 20 2011 - 1:38pm

SALT LAKE CITY  -- Two escort services are asking a federal judge to halt a Utah law they fear could lead to prostitution arrests for legal sexual acts.

Attorney Andrew McCullough says the law is so broad it could lead to an escort or stripper being arrested for dancing suggestively or touching their breasts.

McCullough says the law that went into effect earlier this month is very similar to a law declared unconstitutional in 1988.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank says the law is needed because prostitutes are asking people to commit lewd acts to prove they are not police officers.

That makes it difficult for undercover officers to make arrests during a sting operation.

Burbank says the law is not intended to trap escorts or strippers who are not soliciting sex.


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