Two sexual exploitation bills pass Louisiana Legislature

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Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, authored a bill that would set policies for employers to detect victims of human trafficking. (Photo: Sarah Gamard)

Kaylee Poche and Devon Sanders

Two bills targeting sexual exploitation passed the Louisiana Legislature Friday.

One would set policies for employers to detect victims of human trafficking, and the other would increase penalties for crimes involving prostitution.

Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, sponsored House Bill 830 that would relate to the trafficking victims, including employees of sexually oriented businesses like stores selling sexual materials and businesses with live sexual performances.

The businesses would have to verify age and employment status of current and prospective employees and keep those records for three years. They also would need to have potential employees fill out questionnaires aimed at detecting victims of human trafficking.

Read the full story in The Advocate.

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