Missouri Adds Advertising of Victims to Sex Trafficking Crime Bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Missouri is adding new measures to its sex trafficking crime bill.

House bill 1562 will now include the advertising of a human trafficking victim for sex or pornography production to the state’s definition of the crime. It will also allow victims to participate in an address confidentiality program run by the Secretary of State’s Office.

Emily van Schenkhof, a member of Missouri KidsFirst task force, hopes this will lead to more prosecutions in the state. “We have a lot of work to do with trafficking in Missouri because there have only been seven state prosecutions of trafficking offenses in the history of Missouri,” she says.

The bill is sponsored by Springfield Republican Elijah Haahr. The task force met on Wednesday in Mehlville to discuss more ways to help prevent sex trafficking.

Supporters of bill 1562 hope that new measures will encourage more victims to come forward.

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