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Sex trafficking bill passes Senate, to be signed by Governor

By ThisIsReno

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CARSON CITY – The Nevada Legislature unanimously approved Assembly Bill 6 last Tuesday that would offer legal protections to victims of sex trafficking or involuntary servitude who have been convicted of prostitution. The bill was proposed by Assemblyman John Hambrick and is scheduled to be signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval Thursday, May 19th.

“I am humbled by the support shown for the victims of sex trafficking,” said Assemblyman John Hambrick. “It is a serious problem for our community and our country, and I’m proud that we have taken a step to help the victims who were not only forced into the sex trade but had to bear the burden of being convicted of prostitution.”

According to Nevada law, it is a crime for anyone to engage in prostitution outside of a licensed Nevada brothel; however, Assembly Bill 6 will allow the courts the ability to vacate a judgment if the person was a victim of sex trafficking or involuntary servitude.

“The victims of sex trafficking are often recruited as children, and this legislation can give them a fresh start without the conviction for prostitution, something completely beyond their control,” Hambrick said.

The bill signing ceremony will be held Thursday, May 19th at noon in the Governor’s office. Assemblyman Hambrick will be available for questions following the ceremony at 12:30pm on the Capitol steps.