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DE Senators Pass Bill To Fight Human Trafficking

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DOVER, Del. - The issue of human trafficking has hit the headlines in recent weeks and Delaware now looks to toughen its laws for the heinous crime.

Senators unanimously passed a bill on Tuesday aimed at penalizing traffickers who force people into sexual acts.

Some lawmakers say human trafficking is a major problem in the state.

In a statement, Sen. Dave Lawson (R) said that "it is absolutely a problem here in Delaware, no doubt about it."

"We saw it in law enforcement, particularly in migrant labor camps," said Lawson. "It was so underground you really had difficulty finding it because the victims were afraid to talk, they feared for their lives, their jobs, and their families. These perpetrators should be dealt with as harshly as the law will allow."

Victims would be able to sue traffickers as well as seek pardons and dismissal of convictions for sex crimes resulting from being a trafficking victim.

The bill now heads to the House.

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