Police are unable to arrest alleged pregnant prostitute caught in the act

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Police in Hazard said that they cited a pregnant woman for trying to sell herself just days before her baby was due.

New Hazard City Police Chief Minor Allen said that they have been trying to crack down on prostitution in the downtown area but new laws are making it even tougher.

Police are well aware that women are selling themselves on the streets, but they are facing more challenges when it comes to doing something about it.

"We started out with about two or three and now we have about five or six girls that are operating in that area and i do believe it is all drug related," said Allen.

A 24-year-old pregnant woman was caught on High street.Law enforcement said that the intersection between High and Main Streets is a hot spot.

Allen said that Natasha Griffie got into an undercover officer's car and discussed exchanging sexual acts for money.

"She struck up a bargain with him and negotiated with him on what she was willing to do," said Allen.

Police said that state law limits the punishment they are able to assign. Prostitution is listed as a class B misdemeanor. House Bill 463 has changed the way police can handle certain situations.

"The new house bill that passed, some misdemeanors are no longer arrestable offenses on the first offense and that's what this was in this case," said Allen.

Allen said even if they could arrest first time offenders, it is difficult to prove what happened.

"This situation has to be approached differently just because you know something is going on does not necessarily mean that you can prove it," said Allen.

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