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Oklahoma House delays vote on human trafficking bill

Oklahoman Published: February 28, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has postponed a vote on a bill by Republican Rep. Lee Denney that is intended to shield minors from prostitution charges in certain cases.

The bill would require prosecutors to assume that minors involved in prostitution were coerced into the work and are therefore victims of human trafficking. Denney's office says the bill could come up for a vote next week.

At least six human trafficking-related bills were introduced this session in Oklahoma and are among more than 200 working through state governments across the country.

A bill by Republican Rep. Sally Kern would provide a way for human trafficking victims to have prostitution convictions removed from their records. It has passed the House and was sent to the state Senate.



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