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Los Angeles looks at harsher penalties for child sex buyers

Officials in Los Angeles County are adopting a get-tough tactic to deter men from soliciting sex from girls who are forced into prostitution — charging them with crimes that could mean prison time and registration as a sex offender. Targeting "johns," or commercial sex buyers, is not a new concept, but hitting them with felonies such as rape, child abuse or endangerment and conspiracy is a step beyond the misdemeanor citations and fines customers typically receive in California and many other states. "What are johns? They're pedophiles, they're child molesters," LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell told The Associated Press. "If we can take away the...