The Albuquerque City Council scheduled a proposed motor vehicle seizure ordinance for its Sept. 16 agenda.
The ordinance would allow the Albuquerque Police Department to seize vehicles operated by panderers of street prostitution. This ordinance makes financial sense, demonstrates compassion and corresponds with Judeo-Christian values.
According to the journal Issues in Mental Health Nursing, municipalities across the United States invest $7.5 million to $16 million to enforce prostitution laws and related programs. In contrast, the ordinance would allow seizure of a panderer’s vehicle for 30 days at the owner’s expense, and the city would sell the vehicle upon the second offense.
This works. It doubles as a cost saver and direct deterrent since it is difficult to solicit street prostitutes without a vehicle.