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Should Taxi Drivers Be Fined for Aiding Prostitutes?

News 2012/06/27 13:00:00
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New York City cabbies will be a lot more reluctant to transport sex workers now that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed a new bill that will heavily penalize the act. According to The Frisky, the harsh penalties won't hit until the second offense -- then they hit hard. The second time a NYC taxi driver is convicted of knowingly transporting a prostitute, it's a whopping $10,000 fine.

However, there are some rather obvious catches. Cabbies cannot be expected to make a judgment call based on appearance, so it will probably be difficult for law enforcement to make a case against the drivers. For that reason, critics of the law are concerned that it will force drivers to discriminate against anyone they feel might possibly be a prostitute. Do you think the law is fair?


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  • rbdataron 2012/09/18 23:43:36
    No
    rbdataron
    everyone is saying no. thats the easy answer. the passage makes a good point. along with a garanteed rise in bodies found in the gutter. hos will be hos n when their done and is paying for a ride there just a customer. Think of it is way a young female relative of yours just left a club late night in club dress n now she has to walk because of the dumb law
  • Sally Johnson 2012/08/16 17:12:59
  • Preplovesyou 2012/07/25 20:08:49
    No
    Preplovesyou
    Cab driver has NOTHING to do with what a person does after he/she drops them off.
  • Angryface01 2012/07/25 02:52:25
    No
    Angryface01
    +1
    it's not like there's a corporate cross-over deal going on....
  • moe.anderson.7 2012/07/24 14:59:19
  • bucket 2012/07/22 05:14:14
    No
    bucket
    no its their taxi and it depends on what they are getting in trade
  • serethiel 2012/07/21 15:28:46
    No
    serethiel
    that's ridiculous! prostitutes are people too. they're just doing their job. it's unfair to prostitutes and to the taxi driver, for how is he/she to know who is or isn't a prostitute?
  • Raphy 2012/07/21 03:06:27
    No
    Raphy
    They are doing there jobs. Do you think most of them pay attention to who is getting in there car. Just pay me my money and get out.
  • Dolly 2012/07/21 01:01:46
    No
    Dolly
    If cabbies turned down woman on the premise that they might be hookers then they would turn down most women of a certain age group when they go out on the town.
  • KG 2012/07/18 06:06:42
    No
    KG
    they arent smashing
  • T 2012/07/16 23:44:50
    No
    T
    Because prostitution is the real problem that is harming our society.

    /sarcasm>

    Seriously, why do we get so upset about prostitution?
  • KG T 2012/07/18 06:08:12
    KG
    spread of STD's. not all of them are smart
  • T KG 2012/07/22 14:06:09
    T
    +1
    yeah, but I would bet that it's no worse than the hookups and one-night-stands that happen every day, but no one gets their jimmies rustled over those.
  • Sildy 2012/07/13 16:29:41
    Yes
    Sildy
    +1
    Yes - let's start fining them for transporting those Congressman and Senators !
    Wait - we were talking about those prostitutes, right?
  • YOUR EARTH ANGEL'S REDEMPTION 2012/07/13 05:07:37
    No
    YOUR EARTH ANGEL'S REDEMPTION
    you can't really unmake other people's decisions, it's their decision if they wanna be a prostitute, and paying a taxi to drive them to work shouldn't be punished.
  • JDreDaCookieMonster 2012/07/11 13:24:36
    No
    JDreDaCookieMonster
    Taxi drivers are trying to make their money too!, They would probably go out of business if it weren't for prostitutes!
  • David Nesbitt 2012/07/07 20:22:35
    No
    David Nesbitt
    It sounds like this law has been mis-quoted (I hope), It should read that if a driver is soliciting a prostitute IN his cab, not transporting her/him. I think if you are having sex in the cab, that may be questionable, maybe even reprimandable, but what if it's your date? How far can you go before john law wants a piece of your action?
  • supreme 2012/07/07 10:40:17
    No
    supreme
    +1
    This is bs just another stab at our freedoms. The way people dress these days how are you suppose to know unless they broadcasts that they are a prostitute? Does this apply to strippers too? WAKE UP AMERICA!!! They are slowly chipping away at your freedoms using crime fighting as an excuse.
  • Grammar... supreme 2012/07/09 19:59:22
    Grammar Freak
    +1
    Absolutely right.
    Very well said.
  • chris 2012/07/06 10:14:23
    No
    chris
    +1
    why the cabbies? it makes no sense... why not fine those who put the prostitutes clients? not that I support that but it'll make more sense cos they keep the prostitutes in business.
  • VICARIOPUSDAY 2012/07/04 19:45:50
    No
    VICARIOPUSDAY
    +1
    Not at all. TAXI DRIVERS should be fined for not aiding prostitutes. Spiritual Prostitution is much worse. Clerical Child Abuse is a Criminal Fascist Work.
  • Don Leuty 2012/07/04 08:37:20
    No
    Don Leuty
    +1
    Forks make you fat.
  • Kronan_1 2012/07/04 08:32:56
    No
    Kronan_1
    These NYC hacks have to make living too. Do you think they should not pik up blacks or Asians? What next?
  • David N... Kronan_1 2012/07/07 20:09:44
    David Nesbitt
    +1
    Muslims, Christians & Democrats! And don't forget the Italians, Scots and Irish! But for Pete's sake, NO WOMEN IN SHORT SKIRTS OR CUTOFFS!
  • M'lud 2012/07/03 14:44:02
    No
    M'lud
    +1
    I would like to see a study or the statistics showing a need for this bill. Is there any evidence of an organized effort on the part of NYC cabbies to aid and abet prostitution? Bad law will never limit bad acts. While it is every citizens responsibility to aid law enforcement, it is NOT our responsibility to enforce the laws. That would constitute vigilantism.....which is also against the law.
  • Alummina 2012/07/02 17:57:44
    Yes
    Alummina
    yes, for promoting Ignorant brainless woman's ...Sad
  • Super l... Alummina 2012/07/04 00:41:14
  • Grammar... Alummina 2012/07/09 20:02:25
    Grammar Freak
    Your post proves you to be exactly what you judge others to be.
  • Bob, the reasonable one 2012/07/02 17:50:06
    No
    Bob, the reasonable one
    +1
    Typical mindset of a lib/prog politician....passing a law that can't be enforced!! Sort of like mandates that they pass on to states in regard to illegal immigration...There will be lawsuits against cabbies because they refused service to women and yet cabbies will be sued if they refuse service to obvious gangbangers because that is profiling.....
  • 2468 2012/07/02 17:45:57
    No
    2468
    +1
    This is making the cab drive a policeman and this is not something they are equipped to do from their training.

    What is someone is just dressed up for a bridal party or something like that? They are all dressed up in sexy clothes and then they get called a prostitute and denied a ride.

    Better would be to allow prostitutes and regulate them with medical testing and protection if a "John" gets out of line. I have seen prostitution in almost every country I have lived in and even some countries I just visited. You can't legislate morality away because some object to it.
  • ally 2012/07/02 17:39:00 (edited)
    No
    ally
    +3
    How can you tell if a person is a prostitute? By what they wear?

    Too bad, fella.
    NYC cowboy
  • ComeOnNow 2012/07/02 16:38:33
    No
    ComeOnNow
    +2
    Nanny Bloomberg strikes again. Why the heck is this the responsibility of cabbies to determine if someone is a whore or not? You idiot lobs gave up salt shakers to the power hungry tyrant and now he is going to control everything you do.
  • 2468 ComeOnNow 2012/07/02 17:47:10
    2468
    +3
    And do politicians count as prostitutes?
    And then there are lobbyists....deny them transport as well?
  • Grammar... 2468 2012/07/09 20:04:49
    Grammar Freak
    +1
    Absolutely.
    I'd give a prostitute a ride before a politician or lobbyist any day.
  • Isha Dwesar 2012/07/02 16:35:36
    No
    Isha Dwesar
    +3
    how are you supposed to make ajudgement call on who's a hooker or ot? it's insane!!!
  • ticlo7 2012/07/02 15:53:06
    No
    ticlo7
    +4
    Last time I checked, we were all human beings.
  • Grammar... ticlo7 2012/07/09 20:05:42
    Grammar Freak
    You haven't "checked" Capitol Hill... not many human beings there.
  • nighttrain8 2012/07/02 15:32:12
    No
    nighttrain8
    +3
    Prostitution should be legal. The united states should grow up.
  • MikeWon 2012/07/02 10:38:30
  • DDogbreath MikeWon 2012/07/02 14:02:04
    DDogbreath
    +1
    Great "bird" !
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