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Revenge pornography will be illegal and paying for sex more costly under 27 new Florida laws


TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Florida will have 27 new laws ranging from tougher penalties for people who solicit prostitutes to making revenge pornography a crime.

The bills passed by the Legislature during the annual session that ended May 1 and signed by Gov. Scott take effect Thursday.

The penalty for a first conviction of soliciting a prostitute will increase from a second-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree misdemeanor. A second offense would be a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, and a third offense would be a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

It will also be illegal to post sexually explicit photos and videos of exes on websites without their consent. That's known as revenge pornography and involves photos and videos couples meant to remain private.

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