KENNEWICK, Wash. - Governor Gregoire signed into a law on Tuesday a new bill that would crack down on child prostitution.
The U.S. State Department reports that child-human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. In fact, every year, 300,000 children in the United States are at risk of being sexually exploited.
For this reason, the State Senate and House passed a bill introduced by Senator Jerome Delvin. It will allow police to record telephone calls involving underage victims when the victims give consent. It will also allow minors to help police in investigating prostitution and other cases.
"In a case of child prostitution and things of this nature we wont say we have a lot of it here. It may be a greater problem in other parts of the state but it could potentially happen here and if anything it gives us tools to help us combat that type of activity." said Sgt. Ken Lattin, with the Kennewick Police Department.
Current law prohibits police from getting help from minors in sex trafficking investigations. It also prohibits police from recording conversations without the consent of both parties on the call.