Sex traffickers, solicitors could face life in prison in Nebraska under bill passed in Legislature

LINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers dropped a heavy hammer Tuesday on human trafficking.

The Legislature voted 48-0 to give final approval to a bill that enables life prison terms for those who create the demand and supply for coerced sex or labor.

The bill now goes to Gov. Pete Ricketts, who has signed past legislation aimed at addressing sex trafficking in the state.

“Nebraska believes in justice, and I am grateful that our elected officials said ‘enough,’ ” said Rachel Pointer of Omaha, who as a child was repeatedly exploited for sex.

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