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ETX county asks not to participate in prostitution prevention program

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

A new bill requires counties with 200,000 people or more to create a prostitution prevention program.

Smith County officials are seeking a waiver or variance from the application process for the 2014 fiscal year because they said the county barely meets the population threshold and is not adjacent to a major metropolitan city.

District judges also argued that prostitution is not a major problem in the county. They said they have had about 15 prostitution cases in about three years, many of those being misdemeanor cases.

Smith County Judge Joel Baker sent the request to Governor Rick Perry's office.

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