Attorney General Masto’s Sex Trafficking Legislation Passed by Nevada Legislature

June 1, 2013

Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto issued the following statement after the passage of Assembly Bill 67, legislation that establishes the crime of sex trafficking of children and adults, allows victims to receive assistance and gives them the right to sue their traffickers.

    “I applaud our legislators for supporting this bill and those community members who voiced their support for the bill.  Nevada legislators took an important step in protecting the victims of sex trafficking in our state.  The efforts of public and private sector leaders were a powerful force in raising awareness of this epidemic.  Together, we met our goal of protecting children and young adults and holding sex trafficking perpetrators accountable.”

      General Masto will continue her efforts to raise awareness of the issue in Nevada, to work with the National Association of Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Committee and the American Bar Association’s Human Trafficking Task Force.

        The bill was approved by unanimous votes of both houses of the legislature.  The bill will now be sent to Governor Brian Sandoval’s for final approval.  A public signing with Gov. Sandoval will take place.

          Background on AB 67:

            •  Changes the current pandering statute to the sex trafficking statute.
            •  The federal definition of sex trafficking will be used to increase penalties by one sentencing level.
            •  Creates law enforcement tools for racketeering, conspiracy, and wiretapping.
            •  Those convicted would have to register as a sex offender, and their assets will be seized, liquidated and provided as relief to the victims.
            •  Restitution will be mandatory with the ability to bring a civil cause of action.
            •  The prosecution will be allowed to preserve the victim's testimony for trial.