Lawmakers want changes to human trafficking law

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Two Kentucky lawmakers are seeking
changes to the state's human trafficking laws when the General
Assembly meets again in early 2012.

State Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, who sponsored human
trafficking legislation in the House in 2007, and state Rep. John
Tilley, D-Hopkinsville, would like to see Kentucky become a safe
harbor state.

Tilley told The Daily News in Bowling Green that the criminal
code can be enhanced to better deal with the issue.

State prostitution laws don't specifically apply to adults. A
child prostitute could be charged criminally and found delinquent
in the juvenile court system rather than treated as a victim. Laws
that identify child prostitutes as victims of sex trafficking are
typically referred to as safe harbor laws. Fewer than 10 states
have enacted such statutes.


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