Pooler seeks to stop illegal escort services | savannahnow.com

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Pooler seeks to stop illegal escort services | savannahnow.com

Pooler officials want to prevent illegal escort services from getting out of hand.

Escorts and escort services are currently not a problem, but police Chief Mark Revenew wants to be sure the city doesn’t become a magnet as other areas adopt changes to their ordinances.

Since January, just three escort-related arrests were made under state law in the city, according to the Pooler Police Department.

More than 20,500 people live in the city, which grew 200 percent in the past decade.

The issue, in the form of the first reading of a new ordinance, will be taken up today at the city council meeting.

The ordinance is a regulatory ordinance, rather than one to eliminate escort services as businesses. Similar to the city of Savannah, an individual could obtain an escort permit to be paid to attend social events. But the ordinance would prohibit sexual relations.

If approved, the city would collect occupational taxes for businesses. The measure would also give the city the power to obtain various background documentation for legitimate escort services, said Michelle McNeely, assistant city manager.

A company would pay a $250 fee each year plus $90 per escort employed. An individual operating independent of a company would pay a $90 fee annually.

Escort is defined in the proposal as a “person who for pecuniary compensation or any consideration accompanies others to, from or about social affairs, entertainment, places of public assembly or places of amusement, or who agrees to or does consort socially with others for hire or reward to, in or about any place of public or private resort or any private quarters or business premises.”

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