- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Adult sex trafficking victims who get caught working as prostitutes could receive immunity from prostitution under a new Nebraska law.

Gov. Pete Ricketts signed the measure on Wednesday.

Nebraska already provides legal immunity to juvenile sex trafficking victims, and the proposal by Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln would extend the protection to adults. Advocates say current law punishes victims who are controlled or coerced by pimps.

The bill is the latest in a series of steps that Nebraska officials have taken to fight human trafficking.

The legislation would also create a state fund the cover the cost of medical exams for people who have been sexually assaulted.

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