TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A new law that is designed to strengthen efforts in Kansas to combat human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of young women has been signed by Gov. Sam Brownback.
The governor signed the bill Monday, saying it will provide increased criminal penalties and services for victims of sexual exploitation.
The bill creates the crime of commercial sexual exploitation of a child, covering those ages 14 to 17. It also makes other modifications to Kansas human trafficking laws passed nearly a decade earlier.
The bill will establish a fund that will be financed with fines and forfeiture of property from those convicted of the sex crimes. The revenue will be used to pay for treatment and services for the victims of the crimes.