Posted: Mar 19, 2011 11:24 AM by AP
DENVER (AP) - A new prostitution crackdown in Colorado focuses on customers, not the prostitutes.
The state Senate plans to work Monday on a bill to create a statewide network of so-called "john schools." They would be scared-straight-type programs for men who solicit sex from adult prostitutes.
Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer is sponsoring the bill. He says he will also ask for higher fines for johns.
Currently, the crime of paying for sex is a petty offense with fines as low as $75, less than for littering.
Shaffer and anti-prostitute advocates say the fine should be $10,000, with the money used to fund john schools and treatment for sex workers.
Elsewhere, Texas lawmakers are considering a statewide john school proposal similar to Shaffer's.
Senate Bill 85: http://goo.gl/RrXb0
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