Senator David Vitter (R-LA) bows his head, as he makes a statement with his wife Wendy, during a news conference explaining his former involvement with prostitutes in Metairie, Louisiana July 16, 2007. David Vitter, a social conservative who has routinely touted family values, said his undescribed sins occurred several years ago, implying that his misdeeds were behind him.
The whole thing is obviously a disaster from a practical, criminal justice perspective. Here's how Louisiana's human trafficking law now reads (emphasis mine): A.That would add to the Democrats’ slim margin in the Senate, which the party now controls 51-49.Welcome to Louisiana, where women who are old enough to vote and join the military have just been declared children under the state law, at least when it comes to sex and certain forms of employment. shall be prosecuted for unlawful acts committed as a direct result of being trafficked"). Under the new law, "sex trafficking victims" ages 18-20 cannot be convicted of prostitution. But Louisiana law declares that sex-trafficking victims—of any age—are to be excluded from prostitution charges ("No victim of trafficking ...What the new law actually does is declare all 18- to 20-year-old sex workers as de facto trafficking victims, even if they're workin 100 percent willingly and independenty.Palfrey has said she operated a legal escort service.Vitter issued a statement on July 9 admitting to “a very serious sin in my past,” then went into seclusion.Vitter went to Washington in 1999 after winning a special election to replace Rep. Republican leaders have mostly been quiet or given lukewarm support to Vitter, but there have been scattered calls for his resignation.“If he doesn’t resign, the Republican Party will lose the moral high ground,” said Vincent Bruno, a member of the Louisiana Republicans state executive committee.“We have portrayed ourselves as being the moral party.” But political analysts say a Vitter resignation is unlikely for now because Gov.Kathleen Blanco, a Democrat, would likely appoint a Democrat to replace him.