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Lawmakers react to proposal to legalize prostitution

March 11, 2019 07:01 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) - Lawmakers are weighing in on the controversial proposal to make prostitution legal in New York.

State Assemblyman Dan Stec says he just doesn't get.

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"It's just absolutely absurd to me," he said.

Two Democratic senators from New York City proposed the idea in an opinion piece they co-authored for the Daily News, saying in part they "aim to repeal statutes that criminalize consensual sexual exchange between adults and create a system that erases prostitution records for sex workers…so they can move on with their lives....."

Now other fellow lawmakers in Albany and upstate law enforcement groups are letting everyone know how they feel about this.

"I am a really big supporter of opening up opportunities for women," Carrie Woerner, Democratic assemblymember from Round Lake said. "It is appalling to me that we would even consider supporting something that is so exploitive of women."

"Drugs and prostitution, what a way for governments to make revenue," Warren County Sheriff Bud York said. "I think we've lost our humanity."

State Sen.Betty Little, the assistant minority leader for policy and administration, says she hopes "the attention this legislation is getting will spur more conversations about commercial sexual exploitation."

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