CARSON CITY — A bill establishing the crime of sex trafficking of children and adults was on its way to Gov. Brian Sandoval on Saturday after the Assembly agreed to changes to the measure made by the state Senate.
The governor is expected to sign the bill.
Assembly Bill 67, sought by the attorney general’s office, will also allow victims to receive assistance and give them the right to sue their traffickers.
“I applaud our legislators for supporting this bill and those community members who voiced their support for the bill,” Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said. “Nevada legislators took an important step in protecting the victims of sex trafficking in our state. The efforts of public and private sector leaders were a powerful force in raising awareness of this epidemic. Together, we met our goal of protecting children and young adults and holding sex trafficking perpetrators accountable.”
The bill was approved by unanimous votes in both houses of the Legislature.
Among other provisions, the measure will change the current pandering statute to the sex trafficking statute; create law enforcement tools for racketeering, conspiracy, and wiretapping; and make restitution mandatory with the ability to bring a civil cause of action.
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