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You think I won’t beat that trick, whoop that trick, your honor?

The Illinois state Senate approved a bill last week that would allow prostitutes to sue pimps who abuse them or johns who attack them. The bill now goes to the state House, which is likely to approve the measure as it has passed similar legislation in the past. Prostitutes who would be worried about being prosecuted themselves (since prostitution is still, you know, illegal) would be provided an extended window of time to file a lawsuit, being permitted to wait until after the statute of limitations for a prostitution charge has expired. Opponents of the legislation worry that hookers will take advantage of a new right to sue by filing suits against a pimp simply for not liking said pimp.

Personally, I’m all for legislation like this for two reasons. First, anything that makes the courtroom more interesting is aces-up in my book, and I don’t think anyone can disagree with the fact that:

courtroom + ho’s + pimps = more interesting courtroom

Second, I would pay good money to see a criminal defense attorney try the “it’s hard out here for a pimp” defense.