TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A bill that would make those who pay for prostitutes face increased penalties is headed to Florida Governor Rick Scott.READ MORE: Pembroke Pines Police Say No Credibility In Viral Online School Threat
The Florida Senate passed the bill (HB 465) unanimously Thursday. It attempts to deal with prostitution by going after people who pay for sex.READ MORE: Florida Is Ditching Palm Trees To Fight Climate Crisis
The penalty for a first offense would increase from a second-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree misdemeanor. A second offense would be a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, and a third offense would be a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
First offenders would also have to take a course on the dangers of prostitution and perform community service.MORE NEWS: Broward School District Partners With Several Organizations To Provide Books To Kids Ahead Of Jumpstart's ‘Read For The Record’
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