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Published January 23, 2013, 10:15 AM

Moorhead Police Chief proposes new adult entertainment regulations

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Adult entertainers in Moorhead may soon have to register for a license that could cost hundreds of dollars.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Adult entertainers in Moorhead may soon have to register for a license that could cost hundreds of dollars.

At a city council meeting tonight, the police chief pitched his idea for a new ordinance. He says it'll regulate the industry, and prevent prostitution.

The Moorhead Police Chief's idea is to issue all private dancers, escorts, and semi-nude or fully nude models an ID card -- just like your driver's license -- with the person's picture, real name, and business name.

David Ebinger – Moorhead Police Chief: "There was a horrendous sexual assault."

Sharing what he calls a "sordid story,” Moorhead's Police Chief says local prostitution is spinning out of control, and what comes along with it, needs to stop.

David Ebinger: "Adult woman were exploited. There is physical and sexual abuse used by the people pushing the women into prostitution."

Chief Ebinger puts blame on sites like Backpages.com Right now there are about 50 to 60 local ads for adult entertainers. Ebinger says by forcing those individuals to register with the Police Department they'd know who's legitimate, and who's not. It’s an idea not all lawmakers are on board with, morally.

Luther Stueland – Moorhead City Council: "Difference between tolerating something I don't like and giving approval."

The unlicensed entertainers would face a misdemeanor as soon as they agree to the service. The chief says it would protect the entertainers and the customers, but some lawmakers say it sends the wrong message.

Luther Stueland: "I have no interest in giving people comfort about hiring strippers.”

Fargo Police are planning to pitch a similar plan. The Moorhead City Council will discuss the ordinance again next week.

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