Iowa Lawmakers Wrangle with Human Trafficking Bill
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - While the Obama Administration establishes national efforts to expand research and increase awareness on child sexual exploitation, lawmakers in Iowa are taking action to crack down on sex trafficking involving minors across the state.
Legislation on the topic has won unanimous support in both chambers. Most recently, a measure that Representative Greg Heartsill, a Republican from Melcher-Dallas, calls a "hybrid" of House and Senate versions overwhelmingly passed Wednesday in the House, 97-0.
Democratic lawmakers worry that changes made to the bill, like the removal of reporting requirements and a victim support fund, take away from making the victim the priority.
But Heartsill says programs and efforts have already been established to address these provisions.
Both parties have agreed to work together to nail down finer points of the legislation.