Senate Okays Major Sex Trafficking Bill

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The major anti-sex trafficking legislation of the session has just one more hurdle to clear before heading to the governor's desk.

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously advanced AB67 to the Senate floor Wednesday where it awaits a full vote. The regular session adjourns Monday.

The bill defines sex trafficking, stiffens criminal penalties, provides tools for victims and law enforcement officers and includes customers of trafficked persons in the same criminal class as the traffickers in some cases.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Masto is the lead proponent for AB67.

She says the bill is a good product of proponents and opponents coming together and reaching a compromise acceptable to all sides.

The committee is set to vote on a companion bill that creates a victims' fund Thursday.