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Ind. Attorney General celebrates new human trafficking and drug addiction laws

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Attorney General Greg Zoeller stopped in Jeffersonville Thursday May 21, 2015 to thank the southern Indiana lawmakers behind the recently passed bills. Attorney General Greg Zoeller stopped in Jeffersonville Thursday May 21, 2015 to thank the southern Indiana lawmakers behind the recently passed bills.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- New laws in Indiana crack down on two growing problems: human trafficking and drug addiction.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller stopped in Jeffersonville to thank the southern Indiana lawmakers behind the recently passed bills.

One gives lawmakers the tools they need to help stop the sex trade, and gives prosecutors the ability to request the seizure of property used for trafficking.

It also ensures victims under the age of 18 are treated as victims, not criminals.

Lawmakers say many of them were abused in their own homes.

"They've been victims their whole lives and now we treat them like a criminal," Attorney General Greg Zoeller said. "I think -- as society -- I think we need to focus on when did it become socially acceptable to buy another human being?" 

The HIV epidemic in Scott County prompted another new law providing new options for addiction treatment.

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