Kentucky lawmakers OK bill to protect children

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have given final passage to a bill aimed at strengthening efforts to protect children from Internet predators and human traffickers.

The bill cleared the House on a 100-0 vote Tuesday and now goes to Gov. Steve Beshear.

The measure would increase money flowing into the Kentucky State Police’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The additional money would come from a $10 fee assessed as part of court costs in criminal cases. The fee would apply to felony and misdemeanor cases but not to violations.

Another part of the bill seeks to crack down on human trafficking.

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

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