Gov. Brewer pushing for tougher penalties on child prostitution

Arizona

Gov. Brewer pushing for tougher penalties on child prostitution solicitors

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's task force on human trafficking wants lawmakers to come up with tougher penalties for people who solicit child prostitutes.

As it stands, the penalty is four months to two years in prison if the child is between 15 to 17 years old, and if the prosecutor cannot prove the defendant knew the age of the victim.

In prostitution cases where the child is under 15, the penalties are more severe regardless as to whether the defendant knows the victim's age.

Brewer's task force is recommending lawyers approve a zero-tolerance public education campaign in order to change society's views on paying for sex.

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