Bill to grant immunity to sex trafficking victims advances

LINCOLN, Neb. —Adult sex trafficking victims who work as prostitutes could get immunity from prosecution under a bill advanced by Nebraska lawmakers.

Senators gave first-round approval to the measure on Wednesday with a 32-0 vote. Nebraska already provides legal immunity to juvenile sex trafficking victims, and the proposal by Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln would extend the protection to adults.

Advocates say current law punishes sex trafficking victims who are controlled or coerced by pimps.

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