By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The new law bars authorities from arresting juvenile victims, and instead, mandates they receive treatment and other protections.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a bill that will strengthen Kentucky's human trafficking law by increasing punishments for offenders and bolstering protections for victims.

Human trafficking is forcing someone to work or engage in sex acts for money. The new law bars authorities from arresting juvenile victims and instead mandates that they receive treatment and other protections.

The law also requires offenders to forfeit property used in the crimes and pay a $10,000 fine, all of which would finance a fund for victims and training for police. The training will help authorities better identify juvenile victims, some of whom lie about their age and end up in adult jails.

The governor signed the bill Tuesday, the last day of this year's legislative session.

The link below will take you to the bill entitled House Bill 3. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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