Lawmakers made a last-minute tweak to a human trafficking bill Monday after concerns were raised that it would give immunity from prosecution to anyone younger than 18 arrested for prostitution.
The bill (LB255) by Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill would, among other things, add human trafficking of a minor to the definition of child abuse and toughen penalties for solicitation, pandering, debauching a minor and running a house of prostitution. It also would require law enforcement to collect and maintain information about human trafficking perpetrators and victims.
But one section of the bill says if “a person suspected of or charged with a violation of Subsection One of this section is a person under eighteen years of age, such person shall be immune from prosecution for a prostitution.”
Source: Journal Star