Human Trafficking Bill Advances

LINCOLN, Neb. — A measure that seeks to clamp down on human trafficking in Nebraska has won first-round legislative approval.

Lawmakers voted 36-0 Wednesday to advance the measure by Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill.

The bill would increase penalties for anyone convicted of pandering another person, require training for police officers and prosecutors who may encounter human trafficking victims, and create a task force to further study the problem. It also would require strip clubs and rest stops to post signs with the toll-free number of a human trafficking help center.

Omaha Sen. Brad Ashford says the proposal seeks to address a problem that has gone largely unnoticed in Nebraska.

Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial says the bill is a start, but lawmakers will need to do more in the future.

 

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