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CT: Legislator wants “johns” to face felony charge, register as sex offenders

Advocates for human trafficking victims hope to use momentum from last legislative session to target those who pay for sex. Lawmakers and nonprofits have been pushing for changes in the law, including more leniency for prostitutes and stiffer penalties for their customers.

Rep. Liz Linehan, D-Cheshire, is behind a bill that would make solicitation of a prostitute a felony and require those convicted to register as a sex offender. The offense is currently a misdemeanor, even when a minor is involved. Full Article

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  1. NPS

    Because there are not nearly enough people on the registry??? Sure, go ahead because many of these “Johns” are those who are in public office at the local, state, and federal levels.

    • abolishtheregistry.com

      Only “John” the plumber gets the honor of being internet famous, Senator “John” gets a slap on the wrist.

  2. Nicholas Maietta

    So if those “Johns” become sex offenders under the law in CT, what happens when they move to a state like Nevada where prostitution is legal? Do they still have to register as sex offenders?

    • j

      That is an extremely salient point about how the registrant can morph into virtually any lawmaker’s poster child for their sick legislation. The fact that the crime in the originating state is actually not a crime in the receiving state seems to weigh in on the side of the registrant (or potential registrant)

      Nevada requires ex-felons of any class to register. If the originating state is requiring registration, and likely publication based on a misdemeanor, it really starts to unravel and show the
      law for the rube-goldberg mechanism it has been since inception. Pardon my grammar, but I think
      you have touched on extremely important point here.

      Where is justice any where in this array of sick legislation and where is the reprimand for the legislators who willfully violate the constitution?

  3. abolishtheregistry.com

    Here’s another clue that love for government is misplaced. Anytime, ANYTIME you see a government official clammering on about the new buzzword, be afraid….

    I wouldn’t be so trusting of these organizations that push these buzzwords either. Soros and elites like him, support or found some of these groups to push other agendas. Research.

  4. USA

    Well, let me recommend this! Prostitition would disappear if you required pristitutes to register. I’ve came across sites like Eros-la, cityvibe and bsckpage. I was shocked by the filthy photos they post online? It’s terrible. Yet, they continue to operate day after day? If the punishment would be to register, this would disappear!

    • New Person

      So here’s analogy…

      The individualized drug purchaser gets penalized more than the drug dealer. Drug dealer just gets a misdemeanor.

      Is that where this is going? Crazy thought.

    • Timmr

      I’ve never come across these sites, so I will take your word they are out there and assume they are prostitution sites; nonetheless, registration has no positive effect on preventing sex crimes.

  5. Matt

    Good. Do it.

    The more people on the list the better.

  6. mike r iscensored

    good analogy new person…this is just another war on citizens who don’t fit the moral mold of the puritans in this country…prohibition didn’t work, the war on drugs hasn’t worked and this war on sexual behavior is not going to work…I guess CT legislators better allocate money for all the new prisons their going to have to build to house all the johns..oh wat they can just fill the void all the released drug offenders have left open….watch cops and I would say 99% of those arrested are drug or sex related….cops might actually have to prevent real crimes and have to face real criminals if they didn’t have all these non dangerous non victim crimes that are just people choosing to do what their doing…article states if there is no demand ( no johns) the there will be no supply…how’s that worked out with drugs and alcohol?

    • abolishtheregistry.com

      ‘prohibition didn’t work, the war on drugs hasn’t worked and this war on sexual behavior is not going to work’

      Back then it might’ve been about stopping something but I think we live in slightly different times from prohibition days. Meaning, they’re not out to win anything. It’s about controlling a group of people and keeping their governmental machine powered. All “war on” policies are that way.

  7. American Detained in America

    Some already do in California

  8. USA

    I had a issue many years ago. I’ve since moved on. I participate in a particular sport and get a NORMAL massage periodically. The problem is that it’s difficult to find s legitimate place. I’m appalled. I’ve gotten a massage and the man in the other room is moaning? The woman giving me the massage then began touching me innapropriately? Now, if I did that, I would (I already am) get arrested! In summary, the laws on prostitition should be harsher

    • Political Prisoner

      What I find is funny is the founder of CT was named Thomas Hooker

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