Louisville ordinance will ban hourly, under 12 hour hotel room rentals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hotels, motels and other short-term lodging options in Louisville won’t be allowed to rent rooms by the hour or for less than 12 hours under a Metro Council proposal aimed at combating human trafficking, drug activity and prostitution.

Violators would face a $500 fine, with proceeds going to a new Youth Housing Fund that would support homeless young adults between the ages of 18 and 24, an age group vulnerable to human trafficking, according to the ordinance’s sponsors.

Metro Councilwomen Nicole George, D-21st District, and Madonna Flood, D-24th, are the sponsors of the proposal that the Community Affairs, Housing, Health and Education Committee unanimously passed Tuesday and sent to the full council.

The ordinance takes aim at criminal activity, with its first line saying “Metro Louisville’s access to multiple major interstates creates the opportunity for human trafficking.”

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