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Kansas AG Calls for Tougher Trafficking Laws

Schmidt speaking at a human trafficking event earlier this year. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is pushing for changes that would strengthen the state's laws against human trafficking. The state Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday (FRI) introduced a bill containing Schmidt's proposals. He said in a statement that the changes would put Kansas "in the top tier" of states in fighting trafficking. His proposed changes include specifically making it a felony to knowingly sell travel services for sex tourism and declaring in state law that minors can never consent to trafficking. Another change proposed by Schmidt would create a new felony crime of trading in child pornography over the Internet. The bill also would increase the penalties for buying sex with a minor so that the presumed prison sentence for a first-time offender would nearly double to almost five years.

 

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