New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is set to sign a bill that would impose new set of penalties on cabbies who pick up would-be prostitutes and getting a royalty for ferrying the working girls.
The new human trafficking bill will strip an offending cab driver’s license and fine him or her $10,000 for a repeat incident.
While this may sound like a good idea, New York City’s female bartenders and waitresses protested at City Hall yesterday, as they fear the cabs will not pick them up if they are wearing a short skirt or spiked heels.
The protesters wanted the mayor to know that even legitimately employed women have to flaunt it to make a living, reports the New York Post.
Taxi-union boss Fernando Mateo said: “I will challenge any one of you to tell me which one of [these women] you would consider to be a prostitute. They’re all sexy.”