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Those arrested in Columbus for soliciting a prostitute have historically faced few consequences for their actions, Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Knight says. It's why Knight will soon propose to the Columbus City Council that more punitive penalties be enacted for "johns" — the offenders who solicit sex workers. More: Human trafficking operation le to 80 Columbus, Ohio arrests. She would also like the offender to go to "John School," a program that educates johns about the dangers of prostitution, and be evaluated by a professional counselor.

Repeat offenders would face even stiffer sanctions if Knight's proposal is adopted. More: Columbus police get training on dealing with human-trafficking victims. She said it's why the city needs to take a tougher stance toward repeat offenders. She hopes the increased sanctions could go into effect sometime during the first quarter of next year.

Brown said he hasn't yet received Knight's recommendations. But he said he trusts her and believes that she will deliver a "quality" proposal. Also trained as an attorney, Knight said she has been working with the Columbus City Attorney's office on the details. City Attorney Zach Klein has said before that the "demand" side of the prostitution issue needs to be addressed. Under state law, the prostitute and the offender soliciting services are charged under the same statute.

Columbus, with its charter government, can write its own law within the state guidelines that can set mandatory minimum sentences, Knight said. Knight wanted to roll out her proposal earlier this year. But that changed with the COVID outbreak, followed by a spring and summer in which the city was rocked by protests following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.

More: Columbus police continue conversation in meeting with activist leaders. Knight said that prostitutes suffer a high rate of drug addiction and also are more likely to be victims of violence and homicide. The Columbus part of Operation Autumn Hope — a recent statewide effort to combat human trafficking — illustrates how the city is trying to handle the issue.

In the past, a prostitute was directly taken to jail and would either post bond or be released after a few days in jail or paying a fine. In late October, Columbus police arrested 40 women and 10 johns. Before going to jail, every one of the 40 women arrested in Columbus was first served a meal. A counselor and a medical professional were on hand to talk with each woman. Knight said there have been cases where women had to be taken to the hospital. The city also is bringing in social service organizations, such as the Salvation Army and other programs, to help.

The women also are given information about programs that deal with addiction. Facebook Twitter . Deputy police chief wants harsher penalties for 'johns' patronizing Columbus prostitutes. Jim Woods The Columbus Dispatch.

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