Lawmakers considering human trafficking bill

KIMT News 3 – The Iowa Senate is rejecting amendments to a bill meant to crack down on human trafficking.

The Senate unanimously voted to restore several provisions made in the original bill.

They include a law enforcement training requirement, a penalty increase for pimping involving minors and a proposal to remove offenses from records of anyone convicted of prostitution as a minor.

Now the bill will be sent back to the house and according to one area lawmaker, it would go a long way to protecting our most vulnerable young people.

“It’s exciting to see the awareness across the state of human trafficking to get this much done any year has been pretty incredible and I’m really excited about that,” said State Rep. Sharon Steckman (D) Mason City, Iowa.

Steckman goes on to mention her disappointment in the bill that did not set aside any funds for victims, but that she’s still very optimistic at the direction of this bill moving forward.

“The state of the bill is another thing that we’re hoping that the house takes it up. I will be alright if we voted on what the Senate passed. I do see a reason for training law enforcement and for having that,” said Steckman.

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