November 17, 1999 2:53 PM EST

Child prostitution court challenge ends

EDMONTON — Final arguments have wrapped up in the first court challenge to Alberta's child prostitution law.

The law allows police to take underage prostitutes to a safe house for up to three days.

It's being challenged by two 17-year-old girls. They were both detained under the law.

Their lawyer argues the law violates the Charter of Rights, and goes beyond provincial government powers.

The judge in the case will set a date on Dec. 16 for releasing her decision.

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