Klobuchar Announces Bill to Combat Sex Trafficking

Posted at: 11/02/2013 2:39 PM | Updated at: 11/02/2013 11:45 PM

Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced a new bill to combat sex trafficking on Saturday.

Klobuchar announced the legislation at the Breaking Free Breakfast to benefit sex trafficking victims in Minneapolis. Klobuchar outlined the legislation, which she believes will give prosecutors the tools they need to crack down on domestic minor sex trafficking.

The proposed bill would take Minnesota's "safe harbor" law national, ensuring that minors who are sold for sex are not prosecuted as defendants, but rather treated as victims. The bill would also ensure that victims receive the support they need, according to Klobuchar.

In a statement on Saturday, Klobuchar said:

"As a former prosecutor, I know the horror and violence women and children experience as victims of crimes like human trafficking. Today I announced a brand new, comprehensive bill that will tackle sex trafficking head-on and take our Minnesota model national to make sure that these children aren't treated as criminals and receive the support they need. With girls being exploited every day across our country and state, we need to pass this law and fight back against this heinous crime."

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