Times Square is being overrun by naked female pandhandlers, most here illegally. The city’s response?

Times Square is being overrun by naked female pandhandlers, most here illegally. The city’s response?
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Don’t be fooled by their seemingly patriotic costumes. In fact, if you look closely, you’ll notice those aren’t costumes at all  — they’re body paint. And the words emanating from their mouths are not the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” or “America the Beautiful.” They’re four-letters words, and if you fail to comply with their demand for a “tip,” they turn even uglier.

They call themselves desnudas — Spanish for “naked” — and they have been shaking down visitors to the Crossroads of the World for several summers now, offering to pose with hapless tourists for a souvenir photograph. And all of this — the public nudity, the harassment, the flouting of the law — plays out in plain view of uniformed police officers, who have been ordered to stand down.

That’s not because New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to restore Times Squares’s reputation as Porn Central, but because most of desnudas are illegal immigrants, and de Blasio has taken a hard line against arresting illegals.

The only concession he has made to those who view this as the problem it is was to cordon off sections of the Square as “Designated Activities Zones (DAZs)” for street performers last year.

But according to the New York Post, “on two recent afternoons, only half of the two-dozen tip-mooching characters stayed behind the … DAZs.”

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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