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Bill to strengthen human trafficking law passes in KY

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The General Assembly is sending Gov. Steve Beshear a bill that would strengthen Kentucky's human trafficking law by increasing punishments for offenders and bolstering protections for victims.

The measure saw final passage in the House Tuesday afternoon on a 97-0 vote. The Senate approved the bill on Thursday. Beshear called for the legislation in this year's State of the Commonwealth speech.

Human trafficking is forcing someone to work or engage in sex acts for money. The bill bars authorities from arresting juvenile victims, mandating treatment and protective services instead. The bill also requires offenders to forfeit property used in the crimes and pay a $10,000 fine, all of which would finance a fund for victims and training for police.

The legislation is House Bill 3.

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