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Push for New Safety Measures at Boston Bars

Following the death of a woman who disappeared outside a Boston night club, city leaders want to review how bars and clubs are ensuring the safety of their customers.

During a meeting Wednesday, Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George asked for a hearing on the issue, citing the death of Jassy Correia, whose body was found in the trunk of a car in Delaware days after she was seen leaving a club in Boston.

"Jassy's death presents a sobering reality," said Essaibi-George. "The culture of these nightlife venues create an attractive environment for violence against women, and that is unacceptable."

Essaibi-George's office cited measures that were in place at Venu nightclub, where Correia was last seen alive, as possible additions to other locations.

Venu requires patrons to have their licenses photographed upon entry, which helped police to identify and track Correia's alleged kidnapper.

"There was a record of him at the club. Venu was able to provide really crucial information to law enforcement that they've credited, in part, with helping bring the man to justice," explained Greg Henning, a spokesman for the club.

Members of law enforcement, who will partake in the council's hearing, have expressed support for Venu's security measures. Boston Police Commissioner William Gross called their work "integral" in the Correia case.

While he did not suggest they would require it of other establishments, Gross said it would certainly be helpful.

A hearing date with the city council has not yet been scheduled.

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