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Governor Signs Bill That Cracks Down on Sex Traffickers

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Thursday afternoon, Governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill that will stiffen penalties for sex traffickers and take their money to help victims.

Assembly Bill 67 changes the current pandering statute to a sex trafficking statute. It also creates law enforcement tools for racketeering, conspiracy, and wiretapping.

I interviewed Republican Assemblyman John Hambrick for this week's Face the State show.

He's been a huge advocate for victims of sex trafficking. He said AB 67 will increase the penalty for pimps.

This is hard to believe, but in the past, if a pimp was caught and convicted, they could get less than five years of prison time because sex trafficking was defined as just pandering.

Now, thanks to this new law that is no longer the case.

"The traffickers, if they get caught, can be labeled as sex offenders which is a big plus," said Hambrick. "It's reportable, maybe even lifetime reportable. Things like that. We need to be very sharp on that."

In addition, once a sex trafficker is convicted, their assets can be seized and then used to provide relief for the victims.

Hambrick said he didn't get all that he wanted. He said much more still needs to be done.

He hopes to crack down on customers of sex trafficking in the legislative sessions to come.

"They are welcome to come to Reno, bowling or rodeo coming up in a couple weeks, we have all these people coming in, but leave our youngsters. Down in southern Nevada, we have all these conventions and can come in have fun, do some gambling, enjoy a little bit of good food but leave our youngsters alone."

To watch the entire interview, tune into Face the State on Channel 2 Saturday at 4:30am and 3:30pm. The show also airs Sunday at 6:30am and 3:30pm.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

Governor Brian Sandoval today made the following statement after signing AB 67, the sex trafficking legislation:

"I applaud the Attorney General and the Legislature for their diligent work on protecting victims of sex trafficking and I am proud to sign AB 67. I am pleased this legislation will protect the innocent victims of sex trafficking and help bring sex traffickers to justice." 

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