Human Trafficking Bill Clears House Committee

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Human traffickers would face potentially long prison sentences under a bill that has taken another step forward by clearing the House Judiciary Committee.

The bill already passed the Senate 37-to-nothing and now is headed toward the full House.

The bill would create felony offenses for human trafficking, with the most severe punishment for trafficking children or people who are injured. If the proposal becomes law, Kentucky would join 27 other states that outlaw human trafficking.

The bill would make human trafficking a crime punishable by five-to-ten years in prison. The crime would carry a ten-to-20-year sentence if the victim was seriously injured.

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