Kansas bill seeks to change human trafficking focus

Kansas Statehouse

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Legislation that would heavily amend Kansas laws regarding human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of young women is awaiting Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature.

The bill passed the House and Senate easily last week. It creates the crime of commercial sexual exploitation of a child, covering those aged 14 to 17.

It also will establish a fund that will be financed with fines and forfeiture of property from those who buy sexual relations. The revenues will be used to pay for treatment and services for the victims of the crimes.

Supporters hope that the new laws and language in the statute changes the perception of the young women involved in the acts from being prostitutes to that of crime victims.

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