JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) __ Legislation strengthening Missouri’s laws on human trafficking is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon.

The House approved the measure on a vote of 154-0 Tuesday. The Senate passed it last month on a 34-0 vote.

The legislation imposes longer maximum prison sentences for the crime and allows a fine of up to $250,000.

It also requires those convicted of human trafficking to pay restitution to compensate victims for their labor, and to pay for any mental or physical rehabilitation their victims require.  Supporters say the enhanced state penalties would closely match those set in federal law.
Human trafficking is HB214

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