Kentucky House OKs bills to protect children

Human Trafficking

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House has passed bills aimed at bolstering efforts to protect children from Internet predators and human traffickers.

One of the bills passed Friday seeks to boost the amount of money flowing into the Kentucky State Police’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The bill cleared the House on a 93-0 vote and goes to the Senate.

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The additional money would come from a $10 fee assessed as part of court costs in criminal cases.

The other bill is the state’s latest effort to crack down on human trafficking.

Under the bill, people charged in human trafficking cases could no longer use as a defense that they were mistaken about a young victim’s age.

That measure passed the House on a 90-0 vote and also heads to the Senate.


The measure proposing added court fees is House Bill 427. The human trafficking bill is HB 515.