SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Legislature is considering a bill that would toughen penalties for people who solicit sex with underage prostitutes.
Anti-trafficking advocates want offenders to be charged with a felony on their first offense. But defense attorneys say that's too harsh a punishment for people who might not have known the prostitute was underage.
Lawmakers are still hammering out the bill's final details, but the most recent draft would make seeking sex with a minor a felony on the second offense.
Under the bill, a person charged with a first offense would be fined $10,000, spend at least 30 days in jail and be required to complete a john school program that teaches them about the effects of sex trafficking on victims.