House Committee Hears Human Sex Trafficking Bill

A bill that prohibits advertising the availability of minors for commercial sex acts, sexual performances, or the production of pornography was heard this week in the House Civil and Criminal Proceedings Committee.

HB 1562, sponsored by Rep. Elijah Haahr (R-Springfield) would amend current Missouri law, which already outlaws the trafficking of minors generally. The bill seeks to address online advertising of commercial sex acts involving minors, an increasingly troubling trend involving certain online websites.

The House passed a similar bill last year, but it died in the Senate after the Senate shut down pre-maturely several weeks before the end of the legislative session.

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