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Beebe signs anti-human-trafficking bill

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 19, 2013 at 10:41 a.m.

— Gov. Mike Beebe has signed legislation that toughens the state’s anti-human-trafficking law.

The new law offers protections for victims, including a right to sue their abductors. The law also creates new penalties for anyone who knowingly patronizes a prostitute who is a human-trafficking victim.

Also under the law, the attorney general will now be allowed to create a task force to suggest other ways to address human trafficking.

A national group last year called Arkansas one of the “faltering four” states in terms of legislation to protect victims of human trafficking.

Law enforcement officials said that although the state has had a human trafficking law on the books since 2005, but no one has ever been arrested under the statute.

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arkyparky says... February 19, 2013 at 11:43 a.m.

what bs-what human trafficking? nobody yet has produced a human being in arkansas who has been bought or sold in 100 years. they may be talking about prostitution but that is not involuntary.

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... February 19, 2013 at 1:29 p.m.

"Law enforcement officials said that although the state has had a human trafficking law on the books since 2005, but no one has ever been arrested under the statute."

Our lawmakers are as dumb as they come. What is this law for? To buy some segments vote? Passing laws about a NON problem.

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kendb7 says... February 19, 2013 at 3:21 p.m.

Think it's not a problem? It happens everywhere. Check out RushHourTraffic.tv

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rainbowharold55 says... February 19, 2013 at 3:46 p.m.

Quick! Someone put some checks made out to me in front of Beebe. He'll sign anything nowadays.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... February 19, 2013 at 4:38 p.m.

According to the FBI, more than 300,000 children have been sold into the sex trade in the United States. Fortunately, it seems that none of them came from or are now in Arkansas, so the law is senseless.

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Jackabbott says... February 19, 2013 at 7:08 p.m.

This is another one of those feel good useless laws that will not be enforced. Want to stop human trafficking? Enforce the Immigration Laws.

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