New Fines Proposed for Soliciting Prostitution

MADISON, WI (Ben Caxton) — New fines are being proposed for anyone convicted of soliciting prostitutes in Wisconsin. The proposal would add a $5,000 fine on anyone convicted of patronizing, pandering or soliciting prostitutes or keeping a place of prostitution. Republican state Sens. Andre Jacque and Van Wanggard along with Democrat Sen. Lena Taylor and Republican Rep. Janel Brandtjen announced Wednesday they’re circulating the bill for co-sponsors. Similar measures have been proposed in the past, including during the last legislative session only to die before receiving a floor vote. The Wisconsin Department of Justice says with over 300 convictions on these charges per year the fines would raise about $1.1 million annually, which proponents say would be targeted to cover treatment and services for sex-trafficking victims as well as investigations of internet crimes against children.

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