State lawmaker wants tougher prostitution laws aimed at hotels, - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

State lawmaker wants tougher prostitution laws aimed at hotels, motels

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VESTAVIA HILLS, AL (WBRC) -

A state lawmaker who has worked to raise awareness about human trafficking in Alabama said he wants to go after hotel and motel owners who ignore the problem.

“If you own a hotel and charge by the hour, you know what’s going on,” Rep. Jack Williams, a Vestavia Hills Republican.

Rep. Williams said he will meet with a group in the coming week to discuss legislation that would be a “road map” for law enforcement to crack down on the hotels and motels that frequently see prostitution arrests.

Williams said he would introduce legislation early next year that would focus on forfeiture of money or even property for problem owners.

“We want to make sure people’s constitutional rights are protected and property rights are protected, but we also want to make sure neighborhoods are protected from folks who don’t care about the law and the fact that children are being prostituted in some of these situations,” Williams said.

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