Beshear signs bill increasing protections for human trafficking - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Beshear signs bill increasing protections for human trafficking victims

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear on Tuesday signed a bill increasing protections for victims of human trafficking.

The bill increases prison sentences for those convicted of exploiting children for sexual purposes.  It also provides training for victims, advocates, and law enforcement officers so they can better recognize the signs of human trafficking.  

"I'm proud to sign this bill, which will increase protections for victims and strengthen penalties against those who would commit these terrible crimes," said Gov. Beshear in a news release.

The bill also allows police and prosecutors to seize the assets of those involved in human trafficking.  The proceeds of those assets would pay for services to victims.  It also allows human trafficking victims to receive treatment rather than jail time.

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