'Sweeping changes' beef up laws on sex trafficking

'Sweeping changes' beef up laws on sex trafficking

May 27th, 2013 by The Tennessean in Local Regional News

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.