Pimps who force women and children into prostitution are operating in Nebraska with little fear of punishment, and current state law isn’t deterring the people who solicit them, lawmakers were told Wednesday.
Groups that work with human-trafficking victims urged the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee to advance bills that would regulate escort services and shift the state’s law-enforcement focus away from prostitutes.
The bills were introduced after lawmakers received a December report from a state human-trafficking task force. The task force found that Interstate 80 serves as a major conduit for drug traffic and the sex trade, and that Nebraska is not tracking statewide data on human trafficking.
Even so, bill supporters recounted stories of women, child runaways and immigrants who were exploited by sexual predators.
Source: Journal Star