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Legislature clarifies prostitution laws

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Legislature passed a bill Wednesday that would clarify that a person is guilty of prostitution not only when engaging in sexual activity with another for money but also for trade of goods.

State law specifies that a person can be charged with prostitution for selling sexual activity for a fee, but it does not clearly state the crime can be committed for the equivalent of a fee. HB238 would refine the law to specify that.

Bill sponsor Sen. Ann Millner, R-Ogden, has said clarifying the law will aid law enforcement in prosecuting those guilty of prostitution.

The House and Senate both unanimously voted to pass HB238 and send it to Gov. Gary Herbert for consideration.

— Katie McKellar


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