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    Gov. Jan Brewer, center, stands with religious leaders who backed HB2454, including Rabbi John Linder, left, on April 22, the day she signed the anti-human trafficking bill into law. 

    Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor

     

Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 10:00 am

When Gov. Jan Brewer signed HB2454 into law on April 22, she said, “This is a proud and significant day for Arizona, particularly for those who have been personally affected by the horrendous crime of human trafficking. There is much more work to be done in our fight to eliminate this atrocious modern-day slavery, but in signing this legislation and implementing critical measures, we take another good step forward in the right direction.”

The law, aimed at deterring human trafficking in Arizona, puts more penalties on human traffickers, with a particular emphasis on those who engage in child sex trafficking, including strengthening penalties for “johns” who engage in sex with child prostitutes and making it a class 2 felony to advertise a minor for prostitution when a picture of the minor is included in the advertising. It also adds child prostitution, sex trafficking and labor trafficking to the category of acts that constitute racketeering. 

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