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Bill Would Make Prostitution Advertisements a Crime

By MICHAEL BRICK
|  Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013  |  Updated 9:30 AM CDT
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Bill Would Make Prostitution Ads Illegal

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Texas lawmakers are considering a measure to make it a crime to buy advertisements soliciting prostitution.

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Texas lawmakers are considering a measure to make it a crime to buy advertisements soliciting prostitution.

Republican Rep. Jose Manuel Lozano of Kingsville called his proposal "the Backpage Bill."

Attorneys general across the country have accused the website Backpage.com of facilitating child prostitution rings. Village Voice Media has sold the company, and Craigslist has banned similar advertising.

In a hearing before the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, Lozano used his iPad to demonstrate the current advertising on Backpage.com. He read an ad offering the services of a "young, hot, freaky, addicting, petite young Latina."

His proposal would make it a felony to buy such advertising and might press Backpage.com to get out of the business.

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