Missouri Senate backs harsher human trafficking rules

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 | 6:14 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation strengthening laws against human trafficking.

The bill that advanced Wednesday increases the criminal penalties for human trafficking, slavery and some child sex crimes. It also requires those convicted of human trafficking to pay restitution to their victims and allows victims and the state attorney general to sue for more damages.

The measure would also let people accused of prostitution to defend themselves by explaining that someone forced them to do it with a threat of violence.

Some supporters said such a defense should be available because people charged with prostitution might be victims rather than criminals.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.