STATE HOUSE - Stating that sex trafficking is more prevalent than the public realizes, Rep. Doreen Costa (R-District 31 – North Kingstown, Exeter) has introduced legislation to increase the penalties for sex trafficking a minor as well as for obstruction or interference with enforcement of sex trafficking laws.
The representative’s bill (2014-H 7916) would increase the penalties for sex trafficking of a minor from 40 years imprisonment to 50 years imprisonment and increase the penalties for obstruction or interference with enforcement of sex trafficking laws from 20 years to 35 years imprisonment. It would also increase the fine from $20,000 to $40,000.
“This bill is supported by 61 representatives who have signed on to co-sponsor it. In addition it has the support of State Police Superintendent Col. Stephen G. O’Donnell and Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin as well as the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers,” said Rep. Costa. “Those who choose to commit and aid others in committing this horrible crime must be punished.”
The House Judiciary Committee will hear this bill during its regularly scheduled meeting scheduled on Tuesday, March 25 after the House session concludes. The meeting will take place in Room 101 of the State House.
For more information, contact:
Louise Tetreault, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
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