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Bill Would Suspend Drivers License Of Those Soliciting Prostitutes

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People convicted of paying for sex in Oregon would have their drivers' licenses suspended for six months under a bill being considered by state lawmakers. The suspension would be added to existing penalties for the crime.

Opponents testified to the Oregon House Judiciary Committee Tuesday that the bill would not serve as a deterrent since the crime is not related to driving.

But J.R. Ujifusa of the Multnomah County District Attorney's office said people soliciting prostitutes almost always use a car to get to the scene of the crime.

"We have individuals sometimes coming from as far as Salem up to Portland, or maybe Vancouver, all around coming to Portland, driving their car most of the time, in order to purchase sex, sometimes with a minor,” Ujifusa said.

The measure would also suspend driving privileges of pimps who are convicted in prostitution cases. The bill would allow courts to grant exceptions for "compelling circumstances."

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Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage. Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.