CARSON CITY (KSNV MyNews3) -- A bill establishing the crime of sex trafficking has been given unanimous approval by both houses of the Nevada Legislature and sent to the governor for his signature.
Among the highlights of Assembly Bill 67 are:
-- It changes the current pandering statute to the sex trafficking statute.
-- The federal definition of sex trafficking will be used to increase penalties by one sentencing level.
-- It creates law enforcement tools for racketeering, conspiracy and wiretapping.
-- Those convicted would have to register as a sex offender, and their assets will be seized, liquidated and provided as relief to the victims.
-- Restitution will be mandatory with the ability to bring a civil cause of action.
-- The prosecution will be allowed to preserve the victim's testimony for trial.
State Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto issued the following statement after the passage of AB 67, legislation that establishes the crime of sex trafficking of children and adults, allows victims to receive assistance and gives them the right to sue their traffickers:
“I applaud our legislators for supporting this bill and those community members who voiced their support for the bill. Nevada legislators took an important step in protecting the victims of sex trafficking in our state. The efforts of public and private sector leaders were a powerful force in raising awareness of this epidemic. Together, we met our goal of protecting children and young adults and holding sex trafficking perpetrators accountable.”
Masto said she will continue her efforts to raise awareness of the issue in Nevada, to work with the National Association of Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Committee and the American Bar Association’s Human Trafficking Task Force.
The bill will be sent to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s for final approval. A public signing will take place.