Britain’s 19th century prime minister William Gladstone conducted a personal crusade to convert London’s prostitutes to godliness and clean living. Russian interior minister Anatoly Kulikov has his own ideas. The minister has proposed setting up an official red light district in Moscow, where medical and police control can be exercised over prostitutes. The minister was deeply shocked one night recently when he drove along Tverskaya Street in downtown Moscow and counted some 500 prostitutes. He complains he was "almost dragged" from his car near the Duma building. Now he has called for prostitutes to be banished from the streets of downtown Moscow before the city celebrates its 850th anniversary, and to be moved to Kotelnicheskaya Embankment, a desolate stretch of the Moscow River half a mile east of the Kremlin. (AP, Russian news agencies, June 13)
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