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
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.