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Anti-Trafficking Bill on Its Way to Washington State Governor's Desk

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A comprehensive anti-trafficking bill is headed for a place in Washington State Law.

This afternoon, the House of Representatives gave its unanimous support to Senate Bill 5669, as the Senate had done last month, which completes the Legislature's work on the measure.
The changes bill would make to state anti-trafficking laws include expanding the definition of "communication with a minor for immoral purposes" to cover the purchase or sale of commercial sex acts and sex trafficking; adding to the definition of first- and second-degree trafficking; and making the penalties for those who patronize child prostitutes stronger.
SB 5669 also would add trafficking and commercial sexual abuse of a child to the list of sex offenses that require sex-offender registration and the list of crimes that can trigger charges under the state's criminal profiteering law.