Oregon lawmakers target child sex trafficking

Oregon lawmakers target child sex trafficking

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers have begun considering bills that are intended to get tougher on people who purchase sex from children and on those involved in the trafficking of the young victims.

Survivors of sex trafficking testified Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. They said sex trafficking of minors is a very real problem in Oregon.

One bill would make it a felony to solicit young women for sex. Another would make it a crime to facilitate child prostitution under current human trafficking laws.

Supporters say police, prosecutors and social workers need more tools to eliminate the demand for trafficked children.

Some concerns were raised that the legislation could have unintended consequences that could end up punishing victims.

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