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Tackling human trafficking in Nebraska

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By: Jenn Hatcher
jhatcher@klkntv.com

A state senator wants to strengthen Nebraska's human trafficking laws.

Two of her proposed bills could do just that.

Senator Amanda McGill has become the states advocate on this topic.

Each year she's trying to help the state crackdown on what she called, "an appalling crime happening in communities, under the radar."

One of senator McGill's bill would establish a state coordinator of human trafficking prevention.

"There are all these ideas out there but we're lacking the one person to make sure these things get done," says McGill.

Her other bill would change provisions to the standing laws.

Adding these forms of coercion:

Debt bondage, abusing or threatening to abuse if that person goes to law enforcement, controlling or threatening to control another person's access to medication and using another person's impairment, when the impairment has a substantial adverse effect on the other persons cognitive or volitional function.

These additions to the law come from the uniform law commission and parallel laws being enacted in other states.

Jim Cunningham with Nebraska Catholic Conference says, "Human trafficking is a shocking offense against basic human rights of the human person."

McGill says if the state were to create a human trafficking prevention coordinator, the already established task force would stay in place and be lead by whoever is in the new position.

The idea for this position came from the task force.

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