News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 27, 2012

Indiana legislators OK tougher sex-trafficking law


Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — A bill to toughen Indiana’s penalties for sex trafficking is on its way to Gov. Mitch Daniels for him to sign into law ahead of next weekend’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

The Indiana House voted 93-0 in favor of the bill today that cleared the state Senate in a 48-0 vote earlier this month.

The governor had asked legislators to approve the tougher measures so they could be used in any Super Bowl-related cases

Prosecutors and other supporters say the bill would make it easier to prosecute sex trafficking cases involving victims younger than 16 and broaden the law for cases with older victims. The bill makes recruiting, transporting or harboring anyone younger than 16 for prostitution a felony punishable by 20 years to 50 years in prison.