The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted for stricter penalties for men who seek underage prostitutes, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In their latest efforts to battle child-sex trafficking, county officials urged state lawmakers on Tuesday to require those men to face felony instead of misdemeanor charges as well as be required to register as sex offenders and pay higher fines.
As of now, the men who seek out underage prostitutes are “essentially given a slap on the wrist by sending them to something called ‘john school,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas said when he proposed the resolution.
“That’s just ridiculous, and it’s high time we treat the adults as what they are: predators engaging in behavior that is morally repugnant,” he added.
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Source: L.A. Times