Moorhead proposes adult entertainment regulations to curb prostitution

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The Moorhead city council is considering an ordinance that would require workers in the adult entertainment industry to obtain licenses in an effort to prevent prostitution.

The Forum reports entertainers would be legally obligated to register with police, pass a background check and carry an ID card.

Licenses would be denied to those with previous drug or prostitution charges. Police say the regulations could limit prostitution on websites like Backpage.com where ads for escorts or dancers are often a front for prostitution.

Moorhead Police Chief David Ebinger says by forcing people to register, officers would know who's legitimate and who's not, WDAY reports.

Unlicensed entertainers would face a misdemeanor as soon as they agree to a service.

Last year, the FBI ranked Minnesota as the nation’s 13 largest center for sex trafficking children. Ebinger tells the Forum that a lot of prostitution that runs along I-94 into the oil fields involves runaways and exploited children.

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