New bill with harsher penalties for sex traffickers in Nebraska

Sex traffickers who sell women and children could have their phones tapped by law enforcement and face prosecution years or even decades after their crimes under a sweeping new bill set for legislative debate this week.

Nebraska lawmakers are expected to vote on a package this week that would make it easier to prosecute human traffickers and provide state services to children who fall victim.

It’s the latest step in a multi-year, bipartisan push to clamp down on human trafficking in Nebraska.

Lawmakers have increased criminal penalties for traffickers, cleared the way for more lawsuits by victims and changed state law to focus more on punishing traffickers.

Sen. Julie Slama, of Peru, says the bill will help the state remain a leader in the fight against human trafficking.


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