Human Traffic Watch

Sex trafficking victims plead with lawmakers to strengthen law

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on March 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Legislators heard emotional pleas to strengthen Nevada’s sex trafficking laws this morning from a victim of sex trafficking and a mother whose daughter was victimized by a pimp.

“You take a domestic violence abuser, you take a rapist and you take a child abuser and you put them all in one and you have a pimp,” said Andrea Swanson, who told a packed legislative hearing room about how her 18-year-old daugher was swept from her into a life of sex trafficking.

Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is pushing a bill that would ease prosecution of sex trafficking and increase punishment for pimps convicted of sex trafficking.

Her argument is that punishment under current law does not fit the crime, which she said proliferates in Nevada in part because the law isn’t strong enough to dissuade sex trafficking and involuntary servitude.

“To hear anybody say that this doesn’t happen in Nevada, and I wish it didn’t, it’s just false,” she said. “It’s happening and it’s time to take action.”

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