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State House Takes Strong Stand Against Human Trafficking

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Three bills intended to toughen Oklahoma's human trafficking laws have been approved by the state House.

House members voted without opposition for a bill by Republican Rep. Pam Peterson of Tulsa that ensures provisions of the Sex Offender Registration Act apply to people convicted of human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

Another bill by Peterson adds human trafficking to the list of crimes requiring those convicted to serve 85 percent of their time before being eligible for parole.

The third bill, by Republican Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma City, provides that a lawsuit can be filed in a human trafficking case in the county where the defendant lives or committed an act that subjected the person to potential liability.

The bills now return to the Senate for consideration of House amendments.

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