New Maine law seeks to halt human trafficking

10:48 AM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill aimed at cracking down on human trafficking in Maine.

The Republican governor held a signing ceremony on Thursday with advocates and law enforcement. The bill was officially signed earlier this week.

The new law expands the definition of human trafficking to include more crimes that involve the victimization of someone for profit, rather than solely the promotion of prostitution. Supporters say it will provide law enforcement with more tools to go after such criminals.

It also makes it clear that it's a crime to promote the prostitution of a person who suffers from a mental disability. People with repeated convictions of sex trafficking or similar crimes can now also face up to fix years in jail or a $5,000 fine.

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