Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Tennessee Pimps May Be Required to Submit

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The Tennessee Senate voted 31-0 last week to approve a bill which requires people convicted of pandering, known more commonly as “pimping,” to submit to HIV tests.

In April, the state House voted for its companion bill in a similar landslide of 92-3. Convicted sex workers and their clients are already required to submit to HIV testing.

When the companion bill was heard in the House in April, Representative Brian Kelsey of Germantown, who voted against the bill, argued that there was no way of knowing whether a pimp actually had sex with his sex workers. You know, sort of like there’s no way of knowing the dog actually ate the pot roast that was on the counter, or whether your roommate “borrowed” your $100 sweater and spilled red wine all over it.

If Governor Phil Bredesen signs the bill into law, it will be the first of its kind in the country. And there will no doubt be less Making Easy Money Pimpin' Hos In Style in our fair city.

Or not.

-Cherie Heiberg

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