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Report: Local ordinances aim to control prostitution in Wausau area

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - WSAU Radio reports there may soon be local ordinances to help control prostitution in the Wausau area.

Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel says work is underway to draft an ordinance that would require people advertising escort services to be licensed. Hardel says this would be an additional tool along with existing criminal law to deter people from engaging in these activities.

Hardel says now, the criminal charges are their only option.

Wausau is not the only community looking into this option. So is the Everest Metro Police district of Weston and Schofield. They are looking at fines in the $2,000 to $5,000 dollar range, and requiring licensed escorts to be fingerprinted, pass background checks, and file a formal business plan.

Weston could pass their ordinance as early as April 7th.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)