- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - Two North Texas counties have opted out of a state-mandated prostitution diversion initiative because they say it’s not a big enough problem in their areas.

The Dallas Morning News reports (https://bit.ly/11HfZYB ) the state has granted waivers for Denton and Collin counties. Gov. Rick Perry in June 2013 signed into law the requirement that counties with more than 200,000 people start prostitution diversion programs. Several Texas counties have initiatives similar to Dallas County’s, which helps get women who have been arrested for prostitution out of the business in exchange for reduced or dropped charges.

Officials in Denton and Collin counties say if prostitutes are operating in their counties, they aren’t working on the streets.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com


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