- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council is considering Monday whether to change the name of a sex crime. The offense of “patronizing a prostitute” would become “sexual exploitation.”

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes tells The Seattle Times (https://bit.ly/17Azwx9) the purpose of the name change would be to focus on the victim.

Meanwhile, a state lawmaker from Seattle, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, is introducing a bill that would change the crime from a simple misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor. That would increase the maximum penalty from 90 days to a year in jail.

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