UPDATE: Wisconsin Senate passes human trafficking bill

UPDATED Tuesday, March 18, 2014 --- 6:05 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's human trafficking laws would be tightened under a bill that has passed the state Senate.

The measure passed on a voice vote Tuesday would also give victims a way to void any crimes they may have committed.

The proposal would allow trafficking victims to ask a judge to vacate or expunge prostitution convictions. The judge could grant the request if he or she gives the prosecutor a chance to respond and determines society won't be harmed.

Current Wisconsin law defines trafficking as recruiting, enticing, harboring or transporting someone against their consent. The bipartisan bill removes the consent element and adds using schemes to control an individual to the definition.

The Assembly passed the bill last month and now it heads to Gov. Scott Walker.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, March 18, 2014 ---- 4:57 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's human trafficking laws would be tightened under a bill up for a vote in the state Senate.

The measure up for passage Tuesday would also give victims a way to void any crimes they may have committed.

The proposal would allow trafficking victims to ask a judge to vacate or expunge prostitution convictions. The judge could grant the request if he or she gives the prosecutor a chance to respond and determines society won't be harmed.

Current Wisconsin law defines trafficking as recruiting, enticing, harboring or transporting someone against their consent. The bipartisan bill removes the consent element and adds using schemes to control an individual to the definition.

The Assembly passed the bill last month.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 7:53 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has approved a bill that would tighten Wisconsin's human trafficking laws and give victims a way to void any crimes they may have committed.

Current Wisconsin law defines trafficking as recruiting, enticing, harboring or transporting someone against their consent. The bipartisan bill removes the consent element and adds using schemes to control an individual to the definition.

The proposal would allow trafficking victims to ask a judge to vacate or expunge prostitution convictions. The judge could grant the request if he or she gives the prosecutor a chance to respond and determines society won't be harmed.

The measure also would allow evidence of similar acts into trafficking prosecutions.

The Assembly passed the bill on a voice vote Thursday. It now goes to the state Senate.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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Posted Thursday, February 13, 2014 --- 9:28 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is set to vote on a bill that would tighten Wisconsin's human trafficking laws and give victims a way to void any crimes they may have committed.

Current Wisconsin law defines trafficking as recruiting, enticing, harboring or transporting someone against their consent. The bipartisan bill removes the consent element and adds using any scheme to control an individual to the elements that define trafficking.

The proposal would allow trafficking victims to ask a judge to vacate or expunge prostitution convictions. The judge could grant the request if he or she gives the prosecutor a chance to respond and determines society won't be harmed.

The measure also would allow evidence of similar acts into trafficking prosecutions.

The Assembly is set to take up the measure Thursday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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