Louisiana's sex laws challenged

By Fred Childers – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – The law that requires prostitutes to register as a sex offender, if they're caught a second time soliciting oral or anal sex, is being challenged.

In Louisiana those sex acts as opposed to so called normal sex acts are considered a felony.

"These guys are asking the federal courts to do is tell the Louisiana supreme court hey you guys are wrong," said Caddo Parish Sex Crimes Division Prosecutor, Hugo Holland says prostitutes are often arrested in the Ark-La-Tex, sometimes even in stings, but he says felony charges are rare.

"There are very few jurisdictions that have a tradition with charging prostitutes unless they're multiple offenders with felony offenses for soliciting for oral sex or anal sex," said Holland.

The lawsuit refers to Louisiana law but many consider it to be city-specific to New Orleans, and not necessarily Shreveport, but it is causing legal waves in Shreveport.

"The reason I take exception to the lawsuit is because in my mind it is up to the elected representatives of the people to decide what should be legal and what shouldn't be legal and it shouldn't be left to some appointed federal judge that nobody got to vote on.," said Holland.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision years ago that says the states cannot make consensual sex between adults illegal unless it's prostitution.

The Louisiana Supreme Court re-drafted laws to reflect those changes, but Crimes Against Nature laws remain on the books.