The Mayor of National City, Ron Morrison, told Fox News that drivers are being succumbed to unwanted sexually explicit exposure as prostitutes strut down the highway nearly nude, with some wearing only g-strings.
"They're waving to people on the freeway or, just to be honest with you, they are bending over for the freeway. I don't know how else to put it; they're showing their wares," Morrison said.
Courtesy: Fox News. Image supplied by Morrison.
Morrison explained that Californians are experiencing the ramifications of Gov. Newsom's decision to sign Senate Bill 357 in July of last year, which repealed loitering laws for prostitutes.
"The moment it was signed by the governor, boom, everyone knew the rules were out the window," Morrison told the outlet, explaining that the state's indecent exposure laws allow for them to be practically naked.
"Those that are out there on the street, most of them are wearing less than what you would consider a scanty negligee. It is just flaunting in everybody's face. And so a lot of people are screaming, ‘Hey, you know, can't you get them on indecent exposure?’ And the problem is the way our laws read in this state. The definition of indecent exposure is as long … as the genitals are covered. Anything else is fair game out in public," he said.
Morrison said that prostitutes are gathering in a downtown area of National City which has a diverse population of approximately 60,000 residents. They are most often seen strutting the streets looking for the next taker in the early morning hours and after 3 pm. Due to California recently legalizing jaywalking, Morrison said that prostitutes are standing in the middle of traffic and approaching vehicles to find their next john, according to Fox News.
"I was driving on one of the streets the other day, and there's this young lady standing there in the middle of the street wearing basically a G-string, and that was it, and a couple of pasties. But she's right in front of my car, I couldn't move. So, I did ask her very politely, ‘Would you please move out of the street?’ And she looked at me and says, 'If you don't want to talk to me, you can go around,'" Morrison said.
The Mayor is not the only one frustrated by the brazen prostitution. Businesses in the area have also expressed their concerns, claiming that the nearly-naked prostitutes are driving away business.
Courtesy: Fox News. Image supplied by Morrison.
Morrison called Senate Bill 357 "idiotic" and said that it has incentives for human trafficking, which is yet another issue that California cities are being forced to deal with. He noted that some of the prostitutes look very young and the city has minors as young as 12 years old working the streets.
"This one has just opened the doors to prostitution, sex trafficking, child sex trading, I mean, you name it. This has obviously done that. And I don't think anyone that is not just purely politically motivated could disagree with that," Morrison said.
"A lot of the times [police] found out that these were juveniles … or that they were basically being sex trafficked, and they could get them out of that. Now, they basically have no legal opportunity to even talk to them," Morrison claimed.
While prostitution remains a crime under California law, Morrison said SB 357 has indirectly decriminalized it.
The bill was authored by Democrat state Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco, who has a history of introducing controversial legislation, such as allowing men in women's prisons and banning schools from informing parents if their child was transitioning genders.
Weiner said he introduced the bill hoping it would protect trans-identified prostitutes from being targeted by police.
"[The previous law] allowed police officers to arrest a person, not based on what they did but based solely on how a person looks," Wiener said earlier this year, according to the outlet. "So, an officer could arrest someone because they were wearing tight clothing, high heels and extra lipstick."
Wiener also sponsored California's push to "end discrimination against LGBTQ young people" with a bill called SB145, which allows some adults to avoid previously mandatory criminal consequences upon being convicted of a sexual offense.
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