Edwards agrees to boost fines for soliciting prostitutes
BATON ROUGE (AP) - Louisiana is ramping up the fines for people convicted of soliciting prostitutes.
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday said he's signed a proposal to raise fines based on the number of prior prostitution offenses and the age of the sex worker.
The bill imposes a fine of at least $1,500 for someone convicted of soliciting prostitutes for the second time. It also levies a fine of at least $5,000 for someone who solicits sex from a person under the age of 14.
The measure also requires people convicted of soliciting sex to enter a program that would educate them about the harms of prostitution.
Sen. Beth Mizell, a Franklinton Republican, sponsored the bill. It takes effect Aug. 1.
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