Okla. Senate passes human trafficking legislation

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Associated Press

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 11 at 7:06 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation designed to assist victims of human trafficking has been approved by the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate approved two human trafficking bills Thursday and sent them to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law.

Each measure was approved without debate on separate 40-1 votes.

One bill authorizes authorities to dismiss prostitution charges against a child if an investigation shows the child is the victim of human trafficking or sexual abuse and was coerced. The other would allow sex trafficking victims to petition to have prostitution convictions removed from their records.

Federal officials say human trafficking in sex, agriculture, manufacturing and domestic work is a global industry, claiming an estimated 27 million victims including thousands in the United States.

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Online:

House Bill 1067: http://bit.ly/150Ligb

House Bill 1058: http://bit.ly/17tiE70

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