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Soliciting Sex Could Lead to 10 Years Prison in Connecticut

State also mandates that hotels keep all guest records for six months, train staff on how to spot prostitution.

Marius Becker/dpa/picture-alliance/NewscomMarius Becker/dpa/picture-alliance/NewscomAttempting to pay for sex could become a felony offense in Connecticut. Last week, newly sworn-in Democratic state Rep. Liz Linehan introduced a bill that would take the crime of "patronizing a prostitute" from a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum one year in prison, to a Class C felony, which comes with a mandatory minimum prison sentence of one year and a possible 10 years in prison, plus a fine of up to $10,000. Linehan's measure would also require anyone convicted of the offense more than once to register as a sex offender.

"That we continue to punish sex workers—many of whom have been coerced into this work or do it out of economic desperation—without looking at the other side of the equation just doesn't make sense," Linehan said.

But Linehan's bill wouldn't do anything to change the fact that sex workers are arrested for prostitution (also currently a class A misdemeanor in Connecticut), it would just drastically enhance penalties for their clients. And this can further punish sex workers and put them at risk, by limiting the pool of customers to only those willing to risk severe punishment or making clients less willing to submit to screening processes and other measures that protect sex-worker safety and health. If Linehan actually cares about helping those who sell sex out of economic desperation, she wouldn't seek to stymie their earning potential while driving their activities further underground.

Connecticut is currently in the midst of rolling out another prostitution-related measure, passed in 2016. Under the new law, all hotel and motel employees are required to undergo training on how to spot human trafficking and "activities related to human trafficking." But like so many "human trafficking awareness" shams, the hotel-employee training really only encourages people to report any and all suspected prostitution—a move that not only harms sex workers but also those in groups most likely to be stereotyped as sex workers. (Already, we've seen flight-attendant "trafficking" training result in the detention of random Asian women.)

The new law also requires all hotels, motels, and inns to keep records and receipts for all guests for at least six months.

Photo Credit: Marius Becker/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom

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  • SugarFree||

    Mother Jones? Really, Liz? Really?

  • Elizabeth Nolan Brown||

    Shhhhhh. You guys weren't supposed to see that

  • SugarFree||

    [zips lips, flicks key away]

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    Domestic Dissident is going to be so disappointed.

  • John Titor||

    Clearly evidence of ENB's secret cosmofag leanings.

  • ||

    Secret?

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    Will there be cocktails served?

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    Woodchippers and fruit sushi.

  • ||

    Presented on a tenuously balanced, on the back of a rich Corinthian pleather Robby Horse, silver platter.

  • The Fusionist||

    I still don't see it. I even tried Google.

  • The Fusionist||

    Wait, you're getting married? Congratulations and best wishes!

  • The Fusionist||

    (Oops...but you announced it on Twitter, so I presume it's not a State Secret)

  • The Fusionist||

    Oh,well, you can always delete my announcement.

  • ||

    The super liberal tolerant left at it again? I'm shocked.

  • SugarFree||

    Look, went we went after demand and that won the war on drugs, so why won't it work for the war on prostitution?

  • Juvenile Bluster||

    Well, people are cooling on the war on drugs. They can't just give up that power, so they'll declare war on something else! And it'll totally work this time!

  • ||

    It's all just a war on people. They should just declare a war on people and be done with it. They already have the framework in place, everything is illegal now.

  • CZmacure||

    It's pretty easy to parse it as a War on Pleasure.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    The Left is only tolerant of behaviors that don't threaten it's cozy bubble. Prostitution is in direct competition for male attention with the toxic, entitled, (ostensibly) heterosexual Feminists that shore up the numbers of the Feminist Left. Sure , the core of that movement consists of women so torqued around that they won't TOUCH men, but that number has never been very high, so they need their (somewhat) heterosexual sisters. And said sisters cannot compete with sex-for-sale. No man in his right mind is going to put up with the tripe spewed by the typical Feminist single girl if he has an opportunity to buy sex from a relatively sane whore.

  • Hail Rataxes||

    That was a really long, drawn-out way of saying you need hookers to get laid.

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    D-.

    He was saying that feminists need to get rid of hookers to get laid. Not sure I agree with it, but that's clearly what he was saying. Very clearly.

  • John Titor||

    I don't think you should apply reason, or attention, to Hail Rataxes, who purely exists to insult various members of H&R in the most juvenile ways they can muster.

  • Hail Rataxes||

    But the feminists don't want to get laid.

  • ant1sthenes||

    Except for the ones that do. Do you even read the comments before replying?

    I mean, I can't criticize, I don't read the articles.

  • Lord_at_War||

    But the feminists don't want to get laid.

    Why do they need "free" birth control?

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    No. I'm happily married, and have been for more than 30 years. My Lady is not a capital "F" Feminist, largely because the movement jumped the shark before she was out of high school.

    But I don't live in The Peoples' Republic of Connecticut.

  • Zunalter||

    I like how this logic:

    "That we continue to punish sex workers—many of whom have been coerced into this work or do it out of economic desperation—without looking at the other side of the equation just doesn't make sense"

    Became this:

    Attempting to pay for sex could become a felony offense in Connecticut.

    Instead of "Maybe we stop punishing them both."

    Statists gon statist.

  • Brochetta(MEDIOCRE_NEGRO)ward||

    Good news - they can't afford to actually lock people up for this for an extended stretch.
    Bad news - they can and will still fuck them over on plea deals screwing people over for life.

  • John Titor||

    I...have nothing to bitch about with this article. What's this strange feeling? This...approval of Reason content? It's been so long, days even, I don't know what to do with myself.

    DAMN YOU ENB, you've won this round!

    Now to wait until Soave makes some more poorly written arguments about university dress codes or whatever.

  • ||

    I can't figure out what this article has to do with Trump.

  • Cyto||

    The two prostitutes on Michelle's hotel bed? C'mon, this is obviously about the Trump files....

  • Cyto||

    Yeah, needs moar: "To be sure, prostitution is disgusting and people who attempt to solicit prostitution should rightly be castigated.."

  • The Fusionist||

    That seems a fairly extreme punishment...oh, *castigation,* never mind.

  • Cyto||

    Someone needs to dig up Carlin.

    Selling is legal. Sex is legal. Why isn't selling sex legal?

    (edited for language)

  • ||

    This is exactly the type of shit that makes me say legislative branches of government should never be a full time job.

  • Cyto||

    If a dropout comedian can rip your rational to shreds in 15 seconds, maybe you should't pass that law.

  • ||

    That's assuming that laws like this actually have good intentions. They don't, they're all about only one thing, expanding the power of the state and giving them a bigger hammer to bash more people with. So in effect, the law will work as intended.

  • ant1sthenes||

    Selling is legal.

    Since when?

  • ||

    "Connecticut is currently in the midst of rolling out another prostitution-related measure, passed in 2016. Under the new law, all hotel and motel employees are required to undergo training on how to spot human trafficking and "activities related to human trafficking."

    So the New Englanders are just going back to their Puritan roots. "I saw that one there in the tight skirt consortin with da debil!".

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    They are reigniting the dying Scarlet A industry

  • Agile Cyborg||

    Sexuality romping on unapproved sheets is a state-based power tool utilized with fucking impunity to violently impose conformity on those least likely to be governed; the ruggedly-individualistic, worldly, and open-minded.

    Linehan realizes (like much of her ilk in government) that morality lends itself exquisitely to bureaucratic interpretations bolstered through feminist/religious philosophical puke plucked from the goddamn mysterious mental closets of hysterical collectivism.

    This wiggling tottering sack of repulsive garbage has been deliberately shat into governing from the assholes of pseudo-intellectual tyrants wallowing in the steamy malaise of higher education.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    Makes perfect sense. The Peoples' Republic of Connecticut is run by, among other groups, the entitled, upper-middle class, white, Feminist, suburban wives. And if Hubby could get uncomplicated sex-for-pay they wouldn't have him by the balls anymore. Why, he might start calling them on they b*llshit, and that would be Truly Awful.

  • Hail Rataxes||

    Those poor abused husbands, forced into arranged marriages against their will!

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    How about 'tricked into marriage by bait and switch tactics'?.

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    Speaking of whores and pandering, Disney announced the title of the next Star Wars movie: The Last Jedi.

    Get ready for more memberberries.

  • Agile Cyborg||

    The rapid decline of humanity came full circle under a set of fucking mouse ears.

  • John Titor||

    *Insert gif of Rich Evans masturbating droid here*

    I've come to the conclusion that I will never really like another Star Wars movie. Ever. Sure, some might be fine movies, but goddamn, the series is finished. The Hero's Journey is over, the arc is completed. Star Wars was Luke's story, and I just don't give a shit about anything else. At least the prequels were intended to be setup for that arc done poorly, rather than this boring retread that adds nothing.

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    Same here. I really want them to do something challenging and God forbid maybe even a little subversive with the material but these movies are just going to be cranked out every year by a corporate committee that's scientifically calculated how to make a billion dollars. No risks, no creativity permitted.

  • Zeb||

    Here's a crazy idea. Maybe someone should come up with a new scenario and set of characters and make a different space opera kind of movie based on original ideas.

  • John Titor||

    Zeb's the guy Disney fires at their boardroom meetings.

  • $park¥ is totally a Swifty||

    *wishes once again for Hyperion Cantos movies*

  • SugarFree||

    It would have to be a TV show, at least. The first season devotes itself to giving everyone an episode for set up, and then the second and third work on the second book.

  • CZmacure||

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    KOTOR 1 and 2 was pretty dope.

  • John Titor||

    Video games don't count, different narrative structure and intention.

  • Fuck You - Cut Spending||

    I'll let you in on a secret: the original star wars movie was rather lame.

  • John Titor||

    Would you like your 'Anti-fun' marker to be tattooed on your forehead or worn as some kind of impossible to remove bracelet?

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    They lost me completely when they cast a whining maggot to play the transition from light to dark for Anakin Skywalker. There are actors who could have play that magnificently. That transition could have been the high point of the films. But like the first Spiderman film, which cast somebody (Willem Dafoe) who could have played the Jekyll/Hyde aspect of the green Goblin without makeup and covered his face with that plastic mask, Star Wars Episode III blew the casting decision and gave us Wimp Vader.

    *spit*

    That and Lucas doesn't know enough history, anthropology, or economics to create a believable background society. He's fine when he's rotoscoping old westerns, old serials, etc. but he's a lousy world builder.

  • ||

    Everything you need to know about the nauseating hypocrite:

    I am proud to have earned the support and endorsement of NARAL. It is important that we support the reproductive rights of all women. Personally, as a mom, I fight to ensure that my daughter will have the right to make very personal reproductive decisions without government interference

    Because few things says government interference like a possible 10-year prison sentence for an individual exercising sovereignty over their body.

  • Playa Manhattan.||

    That doesn't sound very pro choice to me.

  • Zeb||

    If "reproductive rights of women" include the right to have sex and avoid reproducing (which seems reasonable to me), I don't see how it doesn't also include the right to have sex for money without interference from the government.

    Pro-choice, my ass.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Yes, she is a disgusting person.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    First they cock blocked the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they cock blocked the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they cock blocked the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not circumcised.

    Then they cock blocked me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

  • The Fusionist||

    I can see a felony punishment for knowingly having sex with an enslaved person who isn't in a position to resist (sorry, Thomas Jefferson), but this...

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I mean, that's just rape. That's already illegal.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    What else would you expect from a state controlled by radical Tea Party evangelicals?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Don't wanna be a thug, don't go payin' for sex like a thug.

  • Bra Ket||

    "That we continue to punish sex workers—many of whom have been coerced into this work or do it out of economic desperation—without looking at the other side of the equation just doesn't make sense," Linehan said.

    Next brilliant idea from this guy will be punishing drug users as severely as we punish drug dealers.

  • My Dog Bites Better Than Yours||

    From the "Connecticut to Partner with Hotels" article

    Signs like: a grown man checks in with a young girl who doesn't appear to be his child.

    Can't see anything bad coming from that. Nope. Nothing at all

  • Unemployed Armenian Tranny||

    My body my...oh, wait!

  • MichaelL||

    I would think the only way they could do this is with a shit load of private prisons! Not my idea of a jobs program. They put the prostitutes out of work and cut back on any future prospective business for them. When will they ever learn?! Mr Trump needs to get busy getting those people jobs that will be better than the part time jobs that were supplied by last administration.

  • MichaelL||

    I would think the only way they could do this is with a shit load of private prisons! Not my idea of a jobs program. They put the prostitutes out of work and cut back on any future prospective business for them. When will they ever learn?! Mr Trump needs to get busy getting those people jobs that will be better than the part time jobs that were supplied by last administration.

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