Lawmakers Expect Fight Against Anti-Trafficking Bill

After years of trying to curb human trafficking through harsher penalties for criminals and treatment programs for victims, lawmakers are now looking to the civil courts.

A bill filed last week would allow victims of human trafficking to sue for civil damages both traffickers and advertisers, including websites like Backpage.com. Human trafficking refers to forced prostitution, often involving children under 18. Traffickers sometimes advertise those services online through third-party websites.

Senate Bill 94 is part of a trio of human trafficking bills that were submitted on the first day of filing. The others, SB 92 and SB 93, would ...

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