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02/16/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

DC To Erect Prostitution-Free Zones During Inaugural Weekend

According to DCist, Washington, DC will be setting "Prostitution Free Zones" in various areas downtown during the Inauguration. This will be the most exciting city-wide clampdown on prostitutes since that time Mayor Marion Barry attempted to march them all out of the city across the 14th Street Bridge. Not to worry. These zones have an expiration date, after which Washington's hookers can re-exert their control over the city streets.

DCist's Sommer Mathis explains:

Truth be told, this isn't the first time the MPD has declared a PFZ. You can read about how the law works here, but the basic idea is that it allows police officers to issue fines of $300 to a group of two or more persons found congregating in a public space or property within the PFZ for the purpose of engaging in prostitution or prostitution-related offenses. Still, these signs are sure to look mighty funny to most people walking through the area on their way to the Inauguration on Tuesday.

Look for these signs, and abandon all hope:

I am told that these laws will not apply to Congresspersons, staffers, lobbyists or members of the national press, which is terribly unfortunate, because their crimes are legion.