PEABODY, Kan. (KSNW) - A small Kansas town is making headlines tonight with a debate over an adult entertainment business.
A few questions in a Peabody City Council meeting have led to a lot of concern from community members.
Residents and the woman behind the proposal are speaking out.
It's clear that some Peabody community members want nothing to do with the proposed business venture. Some say adult entertainment doesn't belong in Peabody, but the woman who is behind the proposal says sex sells and the money would be good for the town.
A former Peabody resident said she came to a city council meeting this week after learning the city was trying to bring new business into some closed building.
So, she asked if an online escort service would need to have a license.
"Town council meeting was called, the town was totally against , the mayor was pretty much 'it's legal but we're going to contact our lawyers, maybe you should contact yours,'" said Terri Tucker, woman considering bringing an adult entertainment business to Peabody.
Tucker said she's open to considering multiple options, from an adult video store to a topless bar.
"The council didn't have any definite answers for her," said Scott Weber, Peabody resident.
KSN has reached out to city leaders and did not hear back, but the police chief told us it appears there isn't much on the books regarding adult entertainment in Peabody. The chief went on to say it's the first time the question has been asked.
Police Chief Bruce Burke said he's concerned about what an adult business could bring to the community.
"Human trafficking, drug use - drugs being bought and sold," said Chief Burke.
Those are things Chief Burke said could impact Peabody's crime rate.
"That would equate to more officers, more equipment, more budget and that's a struggle for folks here," said Chief Burke.
Some community members say they will do whatever they have to to stop an adult business from coming into town.
"The human body was never meant to be merchandised," said Rick Rehmert, Peabody resident. "It's like slavery all over again. We're selling flesh."
As for Tucker, she says she's already got investors for an online escort referral business, but understands Peabody doesn't want what she's offering for the town.
"As for Peabody, they were asking to bring the quickest revenue to downtown, and when the idea was proposed about an adult entertainment shop, they said they'd rather be broke than have that kind of money," said Tucker.
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