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New wording aims to help victims avoid prostitution stigma

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Senate committee is pushing a bill forward that would change the name of a specific prostitution crime. Lawmakers say doing so would help protect sex trafficking victims, while also protecting the reputation of those who are associated with the crime but aren’t acting as a prostitute. The new […]

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New law aims to help minors pulled into sex trafficking

By Amanda Creech TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new law could mean young prostitutes are treated more like victims than criminals in an effort to save some from exploitation. House Bill 1216 – passed in April – provides a defense to the crime of prostitution if the victim was under 18 and is found to be […]

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Human trafficking bill moves to Pence for signature

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The House sent the governor a bill on Tuesday aims to prevent human trafficking and take care of its victims. Senate Bill 532, authored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, establishes the human trafficking prevention and victim assistance fund and allows law enforcement agencies to seize property, including vehicles, that […]

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Human trafficking bill moves to full Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that aims to reduce human trafficking in the state is moving through the Indiana General Assembly. House Bill 1216 – authored by Rep. Randy Truitt, R-West Lafayette – requires the superintendent of state police to create a pamphlet to be distributed by law enforcement when encountering a […]

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Bill aims to help kids who’ve been trafficked into sex trade

By Ben Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Parents of missing children could receive additional help if a bill passed unanimously Wednesday by the House Family, Children, and Human Affairs Committee becomes law. House Bill 1216, authored by Rep. Randy Truitt, R- West Lafayette, would require the Indiana State Police superintendent to create a pamphlet to be […]