Comedian Dave Chappelle once pointed out the confusion created when a woman dresses like whore then defends it by saying “just because I’m dressed this way, does not make me a whore” to which he replied “but you are wearing a whore’s uniform.”

Apparently, Utah House Minority Whip Jennifer Seelig saw the show. Seelig has sponsored a new law, HB 121, that defines sexual solicitation as when a person “with intent to engage in sexual activity for a fee or to pay another person to commit any sexual activity for a fee engages in, offers or agrees to engage in, or requests or directs another to engage in any of the following acts: exposure of a person’s genitals, the buttocks, the anus, the pubic area, or the female breast below the top of the areola; masturbation; touching of a person’s genitals, the buttocks, the anus, the pubic area, or the female breast; or any act of lewdness.” (Subsection (1)(c))

The Catch

“An intent to engage in sexual activity for a fee may be inferred from a person’s engaging in, offering or agreeing to engage in, or requesting or directing another to engage in any of the acts described in Subsection (1)(c) under the totality of the existing circumstances.” In other words, a woman who dresses and acts like a whore can be inferred to be a whore.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank says the law will help counter wily whores who engage in or request clients to engage sexual activity in order to prove they’re not law enforcement, but strippers and escorts worry the law might be used to unfairly target them. Escort services Companions LLC and Baby Dolls believe the law is “overbroad and impermissibly vague” and have filed a lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional (presumably under freedom of whoreship).

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