New Mexico lawmakers to consider online prostitution bill

Posted at: 02/12/2013 1:53 PM
By: SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico lawmakers are considering a proposal that would strengthen state law to allow prosecutors to crackdown on those who run online prostitution websites.

The push stems from a case in which two aging college professors were accused of helping run an online prostitution ring.

Just last week, the New Mexico Supreme Court denied a request from prosecutors to continue pursuing the case against former University of New Mexico president F. Chris Garcia and retired Fairleigh Dickinson University physics professor David C. Flory.

The court ruled that nothing in state law made the professors' website illegal.

Experts have said that decades-old laws in New Mexico and other states make it difficult for authorities and prosecutors to go after prostitution-linked websites because the laws don't necessarily outlaw the practice in cyberspace.

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