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US mayor courts controversy after claiming ice fishing could lead to prostitution

'If you open this up to ice fishing, while on the surface it sounds good, then what happens next year?'

Ice fishing shanties: Not a traditional hang-out for sex workers. Stock photo.

Jamie McDowell

A US mayor has courted controversy in the city of Hudson, Ohio, by claiming ice fishing on Hudson Springs Lake in the city could encourage prostitution.

In a recording of a Hudson City Council meeting, one councillor raised requests by a number of locals to fish on the lake, where ice fishing is currently prohibited.

Concerns were raised in the meeting surrounding safety issues, such as the risk to those fishing of falling through the ice, and if the city could be held liable should an accident occur.

However, Hudson Mayor Craig Shubert proposed an altogether different reason as to why he thinks ice fishing should remain banned on the lake.

He explained: “If you open this up to ice fishing, while on the surface it sounds good, then what happens next year?”

He added: “Does someone come back and say: ‘I want an ice shanty on Hudson Springs Park, for X amount of time?’ And then if you then allow ice fishing with shanties, then that leads to another problem - prostitution. And now you’ve got the police chief and the police department involved.”

The mayor is no stranger to controversial statements.

Last year he demanded the resignations of Hudson City’s school board because he claimed a book being used in school writing classes included what he deemed to be ‘child pornography’.

The book, called ‘641 Things To Write About’ included the questions, ‘write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom’, and ‘describe a time when you wanted to orgasm but couldn’t’.

It was later decided that the book was not tantamount to child pornography.

After Shubert made the claims, members of the school board received threats.

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