David Vitter loses Louisiana governor race in 2015 because of long past prostitution incidents

Even after many years, when you thought you put it behind you, the harsh reality is that prostitution and human trafficking troubles will continue to destroy you. Former U.S. senator David Vitter from Louisiana learned this reality the hard way.

UNITED STATES - JUNE 20: Sen. David Vitter, R-La., speaks at a news conference outside of the Capitol to oppose the immigration reform bill in the Senate. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

David Vitter (Republican) won the 2004 election for a U.S. Senator seat from Louisiana. However, he had a dark secret. David Vitter, although married and raising a family, and a very public high figure, was having adulterous affairs with escorts/prostitutes through a Washington D.C. based escort agency led by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, nicknamed the DC Madam. When the DC Madam was arrested by the feds in 2006 and facing pimping and prostitution charges, the DC Madam was publicly revealing her john clients. Although David Vitter wasn’t publicly revealed yet, he decided to publicly confess in 2007 that he was a john client. David Vitter then won re-election in 2010 and it seemed like he put his prostitution life behind.

David Vitter then ran for the Louisiana governor seat in 2015. This time he was facing tougher and smarter opponents. His opponent John Edwards (Democrat) brought back to light David’s prostitution addictions that happened over 8 years ago. John Edwards then won the race, which is an incredible feat for a Democrat to win in a strong Republican state.

Let this be a lesson to everyone. Even when you thought you put your criminal life behind you many years ago, it will continue to haunt and ruin you.

Washington Post: Why did David Vitter’s prostitute problem kill him in 2015 and not in 2010?

Florida toughens penalties for soliciting prostitutes on October 1, 2015

It’s a continuous trend taking place all across America and the world. Penalties for prostitution on all sides continuously get harsher. This time it is the entire state of Florida.

In April 2015, bill HB 465 was introduced by Florida state legislator Ross Spano to toughen penalties for soliciting prostitution. It overwhelmingly passed in the Florida state legislature and Florida governor Rick Scott signed it. HB 465 takes effect on October 1, 2015. Here are the enhanced penalties of soliciting prostitutes in Florida.

Before HB 465 took effect (before October 1, 2015)
First offense: 2nd degree misdemeanor
Second offense: 1st degree misdemeanor
Third offense: 3rd degree felony

After HB 465 took effect (October 1, 2015 or after)
First offense: 1st degree misdemeanor (plus mandatory community service, vehicle can be seized)
Second offense: 3rd degree felony (up to 5 years in prison, 10 days in jail minumum)
Third offense: 2nd degree felony (up to 15 years in prison)

Florida has long been a multiple misdemeanor prostitution charge leading to a felony, but instead of three strikes, it’s just two strikes to a felony. And penalties are toughened at every level, even the first offense.

Sources:
Governor OKs tougher human trafficking protections
New Soliciting Prostitution Law in Florida