- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bid to raise the threshold age for human trafficking victims by three years has earned the unanimous support of the Louisiana Legislature.

With a 37-0 vote, the Senate gave final passage Wednesday to the bill increasing the threshold age of victims from 18 to 21 when determining penalties in human trafficking cases. The House-backed proposal heads to the governor’s desk.

The Senate approved minor technical changes to the bill in the final vote, as well as a House change to require people convicted of human trafficking offenses under the provision to register as sex offenders.

Anyone convicted of human trafficking crimes under the proposal would face up to 25 years in jail and a fine up to $25,000. Penalties would increase for subsequent offenses.


Senate Bill 90: www.legis.la.gov

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