June 6, 2013
Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced today that the bill that holds pimps accountable and protects the victims of sex trafficking was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval.
taking a stand to protect the lives of sex trafficking victims,” said Masto. “I
am extremely proud of the collaborative work of supporters, stakeholders, and
elected officials that went into this law. I remain committed to the
fight against this rapidly growing crime that deprives children and young
adults of their human rights.”
67 establishes the crime of sex trafficking of children and adults, and makes
victims eligible for state assistance and allows them to sue their traffickers.
The law will take effect on July 1, 2013.
was joined by more than 45 supporters at the bill signing.
The new law
will change the current pandering statute to the sex trafficking statute while
using the federal definition of sex trafficking to increase penalties by one
sentencing level. 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 would be mandatory with the ability to bring a
civil cause of action and the victim’s testimony could be used to prosecute the
case at trial.
more information on the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking campaign and
support for victims, click here. For the bill details, click here. For background on
the bill, click here.