Spokane Posts Confusing Prostitution Signs

The City of Spokane posted new signs warning of the impoundment of cars and trucks if people are arrested for patronizing a prostitute.

Spokane has erected signs that may turn out to be controversial.

Spokane has erected signs that may turn out to be controversial.

The signs are required by law if a city designates a certain area for tows. The signs are already proving to be the subject of controversy and KREM2 already interviewed someone who didn’t like the signs. The citizen expressed concerns that the signs essentially amounted to advertisements for the prostitutes. You do have to wonder a little bit about the wording of the signs.  “Designated Area of High Prostitution Activity” really makes it sound like this area has been designated as an area where prostitution is legal or tolerated.  And if you read this first clause in conjunction with the next clause “Vehicles used to further prostitution will be impounded” it makes it sound like soliciting prostitutes is ok in the area, as long as it is done on foot. To learn that prostitution is actually discouraged in Spokane, you must look up the laws that the sign sites.

Typically a designated area is where something is allowed. Look for me to raise this argument in court.


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2 Responses to “Spokane Posts Confusing Prostitution Signs”

  • Jacqueline Walker:

    I completely agree with what I just read. I just saw this sign for the first time today, but all I had time to read was “Designated Area for Prostitution”, which led me to believe the same conclusion, saying that prostitution was ok in that area. I saw the sign on Altamont headed north towards Sprague.

  • Thanks, Jacqueline. Glad to hear I am not the only one!

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