Thursday, June 10, 1999. 4:54 PM GMT

CBC News Online staff

Tories Target Prostitution

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia Tories have put forward two private members bills aimed at clamping down on prostitution.

One of the Tory bills would allow police officers to immediately seize a vehicle when a driver is charged with a prostitution-related offense.

The other bill contains special penalties for people involved in child prostitution. The customers and the pimps of child prostitutes would face up to two years in jail and fines of up to $25,000.

Tory Murray Scott says johns and pimps are currently getting away with a slap on the wrist. A former police officer, Scott says communities are also calling for action.

Premier Russell Maclellan has promised to consider the legislation.

Written by CBC News Online staff

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