- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Senate committee is considering a bill aimed at protecting minors in prostitution cases.

The Columbia Missourian reports (https://bit.ly/2lGS35Z ) the bill discussed Monday would prevent minors from being charged or prosecuted for prostitution. It also would increase jail time for engaging in prostitution with minors.

The bill’s sponsor is Democratic Sen. Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis.

Under the bill, anyone patronizing prostitutes aged 15 to 17 would be charged with a felony rather than a misdemeanor, with possible jail time ranging from less than a year up to four years. If the prostitute is 14 or younger, the possible jail time would be up to seven years.

The bill also would require any person patronizing prostitutes under age 18 to register as a sex offender.



___

Information from: Columbia Missourian, https://www.columbiamissourian.com

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide