JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (MDN) – A crackdown on Missouri human trafficking perpetrators goes to the governor’s desk for approval.
The bill would give victims a minimum $100,000 award and further assistance through the Department of Public Safety. It passed unanimously in both the House and Senate.
The measure also mandates longer sentences for offenders.
“I mean, everybody knew that it was wrong. I mean, we had the stats, we had the victims come up, we had advocates, we had law enforcement, we had prosecutors all in support of this,” said St. Charles Republican Representative Anne Zerr who expects Governor Nixon to sign the bill. “I don’t see why the governor wouldn’t sign it. I mean, it’s good legislation. It’s not a partisan thing; it’s a human thing. You know, it’s a law and order thing.”
Zerr says the bill should cut the number of human trafficking cases.
It awaits Governor Jay Nixon’s signature.
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