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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Rochester City Escort Licenses

Rochester, MN (KTTC-DT) --

A prostitution arrest last night leads to an unusual charge, failure to obtain an escort license. It's an ordinance that's been on the books for a while.

It's a crime not too often seen in public on the streets of Rochester. Prostitution has mainly gone digital, offering services through the web.

"The internet age is what probably brings it to the forefront," says Rochester Lieutenant Dan Muyres.

That's how Rochester police found 22-year-old Ashley Glass. Officers arrested her Wednesday night after an undercover officer was able to contact the number she displayed on a classifieds website, backpage.com.

"Arranged to meet with her at a local hotel. And once she showed up and again repeated the transaction, she was arrested for solicitation," explains Muyres.

Soliciting prostitution was not all Glass was charged with. She also did not have a Rochester escort license.

"This has been on the books for quite a while," exclaims Judy Scherr, Rochester's city clerk.

There is about 15 pages in the Rochester city ordinance book that deals with adult services with well defined limitations on what is allowed.

"Offering for sale sexual favors is against the law. You can be an escort without offering the sexual end of things," says Muyres.

By looks of how many are offering their escort service just on backpage.com, you'd think Rochester would have issued out several escort licenses by now.

"I think probably as long as I've been city clerk, we might have had two people coming in and asking for it, but they've never filled the application out and brought it back," explains Scherr.

So while it may not be obvious on the streets that Rochester has a prostitution problem, the world wide web tells a different story.

Offering escort services without a license is a misdemeanor, which means up to 90 days in jail, and/or up to a $1,000 fine. The actual license will set you back $200 for an individual, and $750 for an escort business.

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