Shoppers around the world flock to Canal Street for a great deal on fancy-looking handbags that are both cheap and fake.
But as CBS 2′s Steve Langford reported, but a City Councilwoman would like to see that change – and she is targeting the buyers.
“We want to sort of cut down on the demand,” said Councilwoman Margaret Chin (D-1st).
Chin said Sunday that she plans to introduce a bill that would slap a $1,000 fine on both the sellers and people caught buying the fake Chanel and Prada bags. Violators could also face a year in jail.
While selling the counterfeit handbags has always been illegal, there has been no legislation targeting buyers, Chin said.
“We see the transactions happening in the street in our community, and this has got to stop,” Chin said. “and it’s really a tool for the police officers, because when they see it happening, they can give a summons or arrest, you know, people who buy these things.”
Chin’s district includes Chinatown, which she said should not be the go-to place for counterfeit designer products.
“This business is illegal. It supports a lot of violence, you know, gangs. It also exploit workers,” Chin said.
Read more at CBS 2.