GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Nobody in the Green Bay area has an official escort license issued by the city and several suburbs.
That’s what the Green Bay Press-Gazette found out, after 21 women were arrested last month in a prostitution sting in nearby Howard and Suamico.
Most were cited for not having escort licenses, or trying to sign up for them. The proposed fines total over $100,000.
In Green Bay, a violation for being an unlicensed escort can run about $6,300 – or eight times the penalties for first-offense drunk driving.
Green Bay’s escort license allows escorts to accompany people to events, be a private lingerie model, or dance nude – but no sexual contact is allowed.
The Press-Gazette said Green Bay has had some licensed escorts in the past, but none are sanctioned now. The paper says applicants generally need to have clean criminal records, and most who apply don’t qualify on that ground alone.
Brown County authorities said it would have been much harder to pull off the recent sting in Howard and Suamico, had those places not had escort licensing procedures.
Officials say the licenses are needed to make sure the escorts pay taxes and follow the law.