Council seeks to regulate prostitution-A A +A
Friday, August 22, 2014
THE ILOILO City Council has approved a regulation ordinance that prohibits any form of solicitation for prostitution in the city and will impose penalties for violators.
Councilor Plaridel Nava, the bill’s proponents, said the ordinance will try to regulate the proliferation of open prostitution here in reference to provisions of the local government code that states “the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council), as the legislative body of the city, shall enact ordinance intended to prevent, suppress and impose any appropriate penalties for habitual drunkenness in public places, vagrancy, mendicancy, prostitution and such other activities inimical to the welfare and moral of the inhabitants of the city.”
Nava admitted that prostitution activities are rampant in the city just like in any other big cities in the Philippines. Young girls and boys have pimp handlers who preyed on motorists and solicited sex with pay in open busy city streets such as in Ledesma, JM Basa, Iznart and Gen. Luna.
The councilor said he cannot stop prostitution but there is an existing need to regulate this nefarious practice of solicitation in open streets. He encouraged prostitutes and their handlers to work in nightclubs and other places of entertainment where they can be regulated and issued with pink cards.
Nava said it is high time to curtail the solicitation of prostitutes, pimps and other nefarious activities along the open public places and streets, restore decency and moral uprightness of women and eradicate the social menace in the city.
Any person found violating the ordinance shall be penalized with a fine of P1,000 or imprisonment of 30 days or both at the discretion of the court and to undergo moral counseling for the first offense.
Second offense will have a fine of P2,000 or imprisonment of 30 days to six months or both and to undergo moral counseling. Third offense will have a fine of P3,000 or imprisonment of six months to one year or both and to undergo moral counseling under the DSWD or any agency that provides moral counseling. (LCP)