The FBI announced a nationwide crackdown on sex exploitation of children, sixty-nine prostitutes ages 12 to 17 were found. F.B.I. spokesman, Jason Pack, said 99 pimp suspects were arrested in 40 cities across 30 states and the District of Columbia, while 785 other adults were arrested on a variety of state and local charges. (Associated Press).
What does this mean for Utah? Utah County in particular has seen its fair share of childhood prostitution as KSL reported in September of this year but it hasn’t yet been reported if Utah was one of the 30 states involved in this bust. In Utah, if a john/prostitution customer has consensual sex with an underage prostitute, then that john/customer could be charged with First Degree Felony Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child. Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child is punishable for up to life in prison and if the convicted person is lucky enough to be released after a long prison sentence, then they would be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life.