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Va. crime panel cool to prostitution bills

Tuesday - 9/3/2013, 3:00pm  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Proposals to lighten up on child prostitutes and people who are forced into prostitution have received a cool reception from the Virginia State Crime Commission.

The commission took no formal action on the measures Tuesday. Members lauded the intent of the proposals but expressed some practical concerns.

One of the bills would decriminalize child prostitution. Delegate Manoli Loupassi said that would make it more difficult to arrest and prosecute the child's pimp.

Another bill referred to the commission would allow a conviction to be expunged if it's proven the defendant had been forced to work as a prostitute. Commission member Patricia West said it would be a fundamental change in Virginia law to erase convictions of people who are not later found to be innocent.

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