Assembly committee approves sex trafficking bill

CARSON CITY — Nevada lawmakers continued their drive for anti-sex trafficking legislation by passing the session’s most comprehensive bill on the subject Tuesday.

Members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee voted Assembly Bill 67 out of committee unanimously, just days before the deadline for bills to clear committee.

The bill would define sex trafficking, stiffen criminal penalties, provide tools for victims and law enforcement officers and include customers of trafficked persons in the same criminal class as the traffickers in some cases.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is the lead proponent for AB67.

The committee also passed Assembly Bill 146, which would increase the penalties for holding minors against their will and forcing them to do acts of service or committing other crimes.

The bills now await a full Assembly vote.


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