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Va. Senate passes bill on child prostitution

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On Thursday, the Virginia Senate passed a bill sponsored by Delegate Rob Bell to address child prostitution in Virginia.

The bill would have those convicted of soliciting an underage prostitute to be placed on Virginia's online sex offender registry, and allow prosecution for those who intentionally bring a child into prostitution.

"According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the average age that a child is first exploited through prostitution is 13-years-old," said Bell in a release. "The men who pay money for children create the market for underage prostitution. If someone does this, he is endangering children. I think it is entirely appropriate that he be placed on the registry."

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