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Nevada Committee Passes Major Sex Trafficking Bill

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers continue their drive for anti-sex trafficking legislation by passing the session’s most comprehensive bill on the subject.

Members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee voted AB67 out of committee unanimously Tuesday, just days before the deadline for bills to clear committee.

The bill defines sex trafficking, stiffens criminal penalties, provides tools for victims and law enforcement officers and includes customers of trafficked persons in the same criminal class as the traffickers in some cases.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Masto is the lead proponent for AB67.

The committee also passed AB146, which increases the penalties for holding a minor against their will and forcing them to do acts of service or committing other crimes.

The bills now await a full Assembly vote.

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