San Francisco's Mayor: Prostitution Measure Hamstrings Police

San Francisco (AP) Supporters and opponents of a measure decriminalizing prostitution in San Francisco are hoping to sway voters in the city by the bay.

The groups held dueling news conferences yesterday on Proposition K. The measure would bar the city from spending money to investigate or prosecute anyone selling sex.

Mayor gavin newsom told reporters the proposal would hurt efforts to investigate and prosecute sex-trafficking crimes, and would amount to a welcome mat for prostitutes and pimps.

Those behind the proposition say it would make for a safer sex industry, in part because prostitutes could then organize and wouldn't feel the need for pimps as protection.

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