personal escort/lingerie modeling ordnance is bearing down like
a woman scorned [Mayor Vera Katz] and is set for enactment on
Dec. 28. There could be a lot of escort/lingerie models looking
for work the day after New Year's, because there's enough hellacious
fury in this new city code to close half of these private erotic
show businesses overnight. Curtains. Which is, of course, one
of the primary purposes of this ordinance.
Katz and company have a compelling interest to protect Portland's
neighborhoods from prostitution. And escort/lingerie modeling
services are just a thin veil concealing such activity. Or so
the ordinance goes. No proof of these
all this sounds absurd, it's partly because the ordinance itself
is loaded with ludicrous, unreasonable and unfair demands. Not
that government has any obligation to be fair and reasonable whatsoever.
Here are some of the more obnoxious points in this city code:
escorts/models must immediately notify the front desk of any
motel/hotel upon arrival, give their names and license numbers,
identify the room they are visiting, and notify the front desk
again when they leave.
escort/lingerie model cannot suggest a patron remove any clothing.
are $100 for the first minor violation, and $500 for the second
in any one year period. Three strikes and you're out. License
suspended. (Note: Three strikes could occur in one day, in one
to pay fines within ten days after notice will revoke your license.
required. The council assumes the Portland Police are always telling
sidebar to this ordinance is that former central precinct captain
Mike Garvey was known to fraternize with male escorts. Garvey
claimed that these male escorts and the business they worked for
did not engage in prostitution. In the hullabaloo that followed,
Garvey was suspended and eventually demoted. With the strict licensing
of all escort/lingerie modeling owners and workers, and the open
search and seizure scrutiny they shall receive, does that mean
it will be OK for cops to associate with escorts? After all,
in their soon-to-be continuous contact with escort/lingerie models
enforcing the ordinance, some dating opportunities are likely
to arise for the police.
worker caught without a license is subject to a $500 fine, six
months imprisonment, or both; i.e., you must close shop or quit
working until you receive your license.
escort/lingerie modeling business must permit police inspection
at any time with reasonable notice and during business hours without
contract must be provided to every customer which gives the full
name and license number of the model
of phones for doing business away from home/office will not be
addresses and phone number of all customers must be kept on file
and open to police inspection at any time.
major violation results in the immediate revocation of your
license. If your license is revoked, your application for a
license denied, or you are caught working without a license,
you cannot apply for a license for five years.
may seem draconian, but there's precedence for this in the city's
pawn shop ordinance. According to Brad Woodworth, a local attorney
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