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A bill that would toughen up penalties for those who serve as pimps to minors and those who aid minors into forced prostitution received unanimous support in the Iowa House. The measure passed 98-0 on Tuesday; the bill now moves to the Senate. If passed, county attorneys would be given the option to refer a minor involved in prostitution to the state’s Department of Human Services. Penalties for pimping involving a minor would increase to a class “C” felony from the current class “D” felony. Current law says all instances of prostitution are punishable as aggravated misdemeanors.
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