Topeka - Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill into law Monday that strengthens the state's human trafficking statutes. The law has a special emphasis on protecting children from commercial sexual exploitation.
"Kansas has made great strides forward in the fight against modern-day slavery with this new law," Gov. Brownback said.
"This will not only strengthen our ability to severely punish traffickers, it will give us valuable new tools to protect vulnerable young victims so they can have hope of a new life and break a cycle of exploitation," said the Gov.
Governor Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt sought input from law enforcement agencies, social service providers and key stakeholders when crafting the new law.
"This is the first comprehensive anti-human trafficking law in Kansas history," said Schmidt. "As we have throughout our state's history, Kansas today took another positive step in the struggle for human dignity, and I applaud the Governor and legislators for their strong dedication to this measure."
The new law: