Escorts: Utah Law Makes It Illegal to Act Sexy
They're suing to halt new law aimed at prostitutes
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2011 12:27 PM CDT
Updated May 28, 2011 7:00 PM CDT
In Utah, this could potentially get you arrested.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Be careful how you act in Utah: If you get too “sexy,” you could find yourself arrested under a new law. The law broadens the definition of solicitation—agreeing to trade sex for money—to include “lewd acts” that imply you want to trade sex for money, like exposing or touching yourself. It was intended to help undercover law enforcement officers, who are sometimes asked by prostitutes to expose themselves in order to prove they’re not cops. Such requests are now illegal, the AP reports.

But two escort services are suing to halt the law, claiming that it could lead to the arrest of licensed employees, like strippers or escorts, who are acting sexy as part of their job. "Most girls who touch their breasts are not telling you they're open for sex," says the attorney representing the escort services, noting that a similar law was struck down as unconstitutional in 1988. He worries that under this law, police could hassle legal businesses and potentially arrest exotic dancers for “suggestively thrusting.” (Click to read about another strange law.)

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May 30, 2011 12:01 AM CDT
Tell me again, how far is Utah from Saudi Arabia and Iran?
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May 29, 2011 10:09 AM CDT
here is what will happen. if this stupid fascist unconstitutional law passes, and it probably will in this climate, the cops will start deciding for themselves what exactly is lewd behavior. they will arrest any one they want and eventually start rapping women, maybe even men in some cases, to let them off. who wants to place a wager- 6 months after this treason becomes law we will have our first rape charge.