NM House Passes Human Trafficking Bill

Feb 16, 2013

A proposal to strengthen state human trafficking laws has passed its first hurdle.

House members passed Friday a bill aimed at increasing the penalty for human trafficking. The House version sponsored by Rep. Tim Lewis of Rio Rancho makes the crime a first degree felon if the victim is under the age of 16.

The bill now goes to the New Mexico Senate.

Lewis, a Republican, says he hoped that senators would move quickly on the proposal.

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