Judges are trying to decide whether a fine of $5000 for buying a person for sex is too harsh. If you put the person who’s been kidnapped, enslaved, beaten, raped and forced to sell herself so she can give the money to another person on a scale and then put $5000 on the other side of that scale, how would that weigh out? So, you’re the man who buys sex from someone underage, trafficked, and enslaved; and you think you should be left alone? But the legislators pass a bill saying not only is minor sex trafficking against the law, but also, anyone who does this will be fined. So, you are warned ahead of time.
But you do it, anyway–claiming later that “I really didn’t know anything about it. Trafficked?? I thought this 14-year-old was really eighteen and really into me and was going to buy a Princess dress with the money I gave her.” Sure. Now the legislators said if you break this particular law, there’s a fine you have to pay. No, they’re not going to slap you in jail–too bad–they’re just going to fine you.
Now here’s the unbelievable part–some judge might rule that this is cruel and unusual punishment to you. No, really. To you! Yeah, you get off. And the 14-year-old? She’s still in prison–the one of being used and enslaved and controlled for years, the one she so desperately needs help to climb out of.