Bill to toughen child sex trafficking penalties put on hold
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The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee has voted to hold on to a bill that would enhance penalties for sex buyers who exploit trafficked children.
The 12-7 vote on Thursday to retain House Bill 201 means the committee wants to hold on to it for further study, at least for now.
The bill would change the penalty for sex trafficking involving anyone under 18 from a Class B to a Class A felony, and states, “neither the actor’s lack of knowledge of the other person’s age nor consent of the other person shall constitute a defense.”