TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The City of Tyler’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted on a new definition for what’s considered a sexual encounter center in the city limits. The need to clarify its unified development code stems from the proposed opening of a robot brothel in Houston.
“We know that they’re damaging to a community, damaging to the businesses around them and so therefore we are allowed to regulate them, and so the expansion of the definition today basically gave us a better ability as a city to regulate if any of these types of businesses want to come into our community," said Jeb Jones, the chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The conversation also has experts discussing potential health concerns from this type of business.
“This is just another way to, you know, see an increase in sexually transmitted infections," said George Roberts, the CEO of Northeast Public Health District. "They can’t assure these will be prevented, and with our growing number of sexually transmitted infections in our country [it’s] just another way to get an STI.”
Even though there are no current plans for a similar business in Tyler, by taking action early on, the city can assure that a business of this kind can only operate in designated industrial areas of the city limits.