Tougher fines for soliciting sex approved in CO

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A get-tough prostitution bill that focuses on people who pay for sex, not prostitutes and pimps, has cleared its first test in Colorado.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 9-0 Monday to raise minimum fines for johns to $5,000, with the money going to a statewide network of "schools" for johns, which are scared-straight-type programs for first offenders who solicit adult prostitutes.

Currently the crime is classified as a "petty offense" and in some places carries a penalty of just $75 -- less than littering. Supporters say dramatically higher fines are needed. But the minimum fine was changed to $5,000 from $10,000 after worry from some lawmakers that the higher fine could simply inspire johns to try fighting the charges instead of paying the fine.

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  • by chuckles Location: on Colfax Avenue on Mar 23, 2011 at 04:19 PM
    not to worry: that's an NFW for it ever passing and becoming a law...
  • by nobama_homer Location: cs on Mar 22, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    You kidding? 5,000? that's more that a DUI ticket. a little excessive don't you think? I'd agree raising it from 75 maybe to 200 or 250, but geesh..
  • by Jim Location: C/S on Mar 22, 2011 at 07:55 PM
    Time to focus and fight real crime. Trying to regulate morality between consenting adults is a failed cause.
  • by argh on Mar 22, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    Not only that, but test for STD's like other countries do. Easy tax money, and everyone gets a cut. Buuuut... Focus and all those bible thumpers in the springs wont let it happen.
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      by Bert on Mar 23, 2011 at 09:10 AM in reply to argh
      argh that is because those "bible thumpers" have taken a serious oath to try and help people based upon a beleif set forth in a book, its called a bible. I am sure you have beleifs that irritate some people what name or "group tag" should we stiff you with. The fact that they are willing to take a stand a hold a beleif so strongly despite constant ridicule and abuse says alot for their core values. You may try to investigate finding some one day, it will only make you a better stronger person. If enough people vote yes for it Focus will not be able to stop it.
  • by mr x Location: se spgs on Mar 22, 2011 at 01:28 PM
    i agree BERT. have em tested, put em out there and tax em. Sounds like some good escrow to me for the city. but i don't think a lot of wife's would like the idea. LMAO
  • by Bert Location: West Side on Mar 22, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    Why dont we just legalize and tax it, I mean their really isnt a victim here it is consenting (on the surface not trying to dig a whole debate up here) between adults and is just a business transaction, it generates alot of revenue, seems better than pot to me.
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