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Iowa House Gives Human Trafficking Bill Final Approval

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa House has granted final approval for a bill meant to crack down on prostitution and pimping including minors.

The House unanimously voted Tuesday to pass the bill and send it to Gov. Terry Branstad.

The final version includes language from original legislation drafted in the House and Senate. It removes offenses from the records of anyone previously convicted of prostitution as a minor, and increases the penalty for pimping involving a minor. It establishes an additional fine for offenders of such human trafficking, to go toward a victim fund.

Rep. Sharon Steckman, a Mason City Democrat, says while she supports the measure, she believes more can be done to support victims of human trafficking. She says she hopes victims will be the focus of future legislation.

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