- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - In a story April 15 about legislation in the Illinois Senate, The Associated Press erroneously reported the vote on a measure approving additional protections from prosecution for victims of sex trafficking. The vote was 55-0, not 55-9.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Illinois Senate OK’s protection for sex-trafficking victims

Illinois Senate approves plan allowing for prostitution defense in cases of sex-trafficking

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Victims of sex trafficking would have additional protections against prosecution for prostitution under legislation that received Illinois Senate approval.

Chicago Democratic Sen. John Mulroe’s measure would provide such victims with an “affirmative defense” that defeats criminal charges.

Prostitution is a Class A misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Mulroe says people sold as sex slaves “live in a dark and heart-breaking world” made worse “when our justice system fails them.”

The Senate approved the proposal 55-0. It now moves to the House.

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The bill is SB1588.

Online: https://www.ilga.gov.

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