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Senate approves harsher punishments for pimps who prostitute minors online

A proposal to more harshly punish pimps who advertise underage girls on the Internet cleared the state Senate Monday.

Senate Bill 5488 would impose a mandatory $5,000 fine on anyone convicted of commercial sexual abuse of a minor or promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor. The fine would be in addition to prison time and other standard penalties already associated with those felonies.

“What we need to do, ladies and gentlemen, is to do everything possible to send a message to traffickers, to pimps, that our children are not for sale,” said Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, the bill’s prime

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