A small number of U.S. jurisdictions suspend the driver’s license of arrestees if they used a vehicle for soliciting prostitution. We have identified just 35 communities known to apply this penalty to men arrested for soliciting women police decoys, but it is likely that it is more widespread. For example, state laws in California and Florida specifically allow for driver’s license suspensions for prostitution “customers,” and there are more than 220 cities and counties in California and 140 in Florida that have arrested sex buyers. Other states, such as New Jersey, allow for license suspensions for those using motor vehicles to engage in or promote prostitution; it is unknown how often this is applied to sex buyers, as opposed to providers or facilitators, but we know that more than 60 cities and counties in New Jersey have arrested those who purchase sex.
News Reports About License Suspension
- Tampa, FL
- Prostitution-fighting plan unveiled in Tampa (1998) (JPG, 788 KB)
- Casselberry, FL
- Casselberry police arrest 15 in prostitution sting (1997) (DOCX, 15 KB)