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May 21, 2014 10:46 AM

Noem & U.S. House Pass Sex Trafficking Bills

Washington D.C.

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a package of legislation aimed at curbing sex trafficking across the country.

The measures passed Tuesday will create a National Human Trafficking hotline and improve the way states monitor and share information about children who are in foster care and at a higher risk of being trafficked.

Another piece of legislation allows prosecutors to charge websites with a federal crime for knowingly advertising sex with minors. The measure targets websites like that often are used by sex traffickers to advertise young girls.

South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem co-sponsored the legislation and says it’s a step toward cracking down on this crime.

“I am proud to stand up beside my colleagues in Congress to pass legislation that better protects at-risk youth, helps survivors, and inflicts greater penalties on traffickers and buyers alike,” Noem said in a statement Tuesday.

Noem is now urging the U.S. Senate to take up the series of legislation.

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