JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
On Wednesday, the Mississippi Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 2156 that targets the trafficking of children.
This bill targets stresses three recommendations from Governor Bryant’s Human Trafficking Task Force.
The bill does the following:
- Changes the definition of an “abused child” to include children who are victims of human trafficking, regardless of their relationship to the trafficker. This will unlock the full range of services provided through the Mississippi Department of Human Services via access to the Youth Court Act.
- Requiring a person convicted of procuring services of a prostitute to register as a sex offender where the prostitution involves a child under 18 years of age.
- Including and clarifying the definition of “coercion” within the Human Trafficking Act.