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Manhattan DA’s Office will no longer prosecute prostitution casesManhattan DA's office will no longer prosecute prostitution cases (nypost.com)
21 Apr 2021 ~~ By Rebecca Rosenberg
The Manhattan district attorney will stop prosecuting prostitution and unlicensed massage cases — and is tossing thousands of warrants dating as far back as 1975.
DA Cyrus Vance Jr. appeared virtually Wednesday in Manhattan Criminal Court to ask Judge Charlotte Davidson to vacate 5,994 bench warrants and dismiss the underlying charges of prostitution, unlicensed massage and loitering for the purpose of prostitution.
The motion was granted and the cases dating back to 1975 were dropped.
For years, the Manhattan DA has offered people facing these charges services and programs.
“Now, we will decline to prosecute these arrests outright, providing services and support solely on a voluntary basis,” said Vance, who added that his office is the first in the state to take this step.
Earlier this year, the state legislature struck the controversial statute from its books.
In response, the Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx DAs moved to vacate bench warrants stemming from this charge and dismiss all open cases.
Most of the city’s DAs had stopped prosecuting the crime years before it was repealed.
A spokesman for Richmond County DA Michael McMahon previously told The Post his office would follow suit.
Prostitution is now de facto legal now in New York. The doors are wide open to the increase of Prosititition STD's and HIV.
New York City and it's five boroughs have now offically become an open city to rival Amsterdam, Bangkok.
DeBlasio has closed the circle. Homeless rising, people allowed to urinate and defecate openly in the streets, addicts shooting up on the streets. What more can any New York dweller want?
Unfortunately, the citizens may be unable to vote themselves out of this problem because the judiciary and legislative branches have proven to be apathetic about vote fraud and Democrats run both the city and State.