published Monday, May 27th, 2013

'Sweeping changes' beef up laws on sex trafficking

As sex trafficking has garnered newfound attention, Tennessee has developed one of the nation's most comprehensive anti-trafficking programs.

Twelve new laws approved by lawmakers this year include harsher criminal penalties on traffickers, an extended window of time for prosecutors to bring charges and the creation of a state trafficking task force to study and respond to the issue.

The measures amplify a wave of attention since a statewide study in 2011 documented incidents of sex trafficking -- which officials define as coercive adult prostitution and any sexual exploitation of children.

Read more at The Tennessean.

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