- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire legislative committee is holding a hearing on a human trafficking bill that would make it a crime to knowingly force someone to engage in labor or sex acts against their will.

The bill scheduled for the Senate Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m. Tuesday is a product of the Attorney General’s Task Force on Human Trafficking, a commission formed last year that aims to change the way law enforcement deals with its victims.

The bill would provide protection from prosecution to children who have been forced into human trafficking, and it would allow victims to sue their trafficker in court.

Among those scheduled to testify is Holly Austin Smith, a survivor of child trafficking and an advocate against all forms of human trafficking.

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