Rubio would not make prostitution a U.S. crime

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Posted at 11:57 AM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 11:57:00-05

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Marco Rubio says he's "anti-prostitution," but the Republican presidential contender says he wouldn't make prostitution a federal crime, should he win the presidency.

Rubio made the comments on Monday ahead of a campaign appearance in Elko, Nevada, where prostitution is legal.

He said, "I wish Nevada would make it illegal. But that's their decision to make. I don't agree with it." He added that prostitution "victimizes the people who are participating in it" -- the prostitutes themselves.

Rubio says he wants to shrink the federal government, so he wouldn't want to make prostitution a federal offense.

He said, "I think you can be against something and still say, 'but I don't want the federal government involved in federalizing something.'"