Gov. Nixon signed bill to fight sex trafficking

2 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, June 22 2016 Jun 22, 2016 Wednesday, June 22, 2016 12:32:00 PM CDT June 22, 2016 in News
By: Amber Sipe, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

KANSAS CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon was in Kansas City Wednesday to sign legislature to combat sex trafficking and protect victims of these crimes. He joined Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander and state Rep. Elijah Haahr for the signing, according to a news release sent by Nixon's press secretary.

Nixon said, "We tend to think of trafficking as something that happens in distant, undeveloped countries.  But the tragic reality is that right here in the United States, human trafficking is a real and growing problem."

The release said that House Bill 1562 includes the act of advertising the availability of a minor or non-consenting adult for prostitution or pornography in the crime of sex trafficking. Currently, Missouri law does not address this issue. 

The release also said House Bill 1562 also limits the exposure of related photographs and records to individuals who are part of an investigation of judicial proceeding to protect the confidentiality of children who are victims of sexual offenses.

“House Bill 1562 will strengthen Missouri’s laws against sex trafficking, helping to hold these loathsome criminals accountable and protect victims from their abusers," said Nixon. 

The news release states that Kander proposed provisions that are also included in House Bill 1562. His provisions are to strengthen the protections provided through the Safe at Home Program administered by the Missouri Secretary of State. The program provides victims of sexual and and domestic violence with a substitute address so their actual address can remain confidential and inaccessible to their abusers. 

House Bill 1562 intensifies the penalties for attempting to access the address of a participant in the Safe at Home Program. Victims of human trafficking are also added to the list of eligible participants, according to the news release. 

Kander said he was pleased that his proposal to expand the Safe at Home program was signed into law today. He said, “Now more Missourians who have survived horrible circumstances will be made safer by keeping their addresses out of the hands of their assailants.”

The governor also signed Senate Bill 638 to establish a quality rating system for Missouri preschools.

More News

Grid
List
(CNN) -- While hundreds of families wait in agony to learn the fate of missing loved ones, officials gave a... More >>
5 hours ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 10:18:00 PM CST November 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A St. Louis woman is headed to California and collecting donations along the way to help the victims... More >>
5 hours ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 9:33:00 PM CST November 18, 2018 in News
OZARK (AP) — Springfield's yoga community is speaking out after a pastor at an Assemblies of God megachurch warned Christians... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 9:15:00 PM CST November 18, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 10:55 a.m. ... More >>
10 hours ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 4:59:00 PM CST November 18, 2018 in News
OMAHA (AP) — The Federal Reserve says farm income continued to decline across the Plains and western states this fall... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 3:32:00 PM CST November 18, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - One woman is in custody Sunday after a shooting late Saturday night on North Wester Lane, just... More >>
13 hours ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:00:00 PM CST November 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Turkey Day came early for people in Columbia on Saturday. The Shiloh Christian Worship Center hosted its... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 11:18:00 AM CST November 18, 2018 in News
SAVANNAH (AP) — A cat owner in northwestern Missouri is crafting makeshift shelters to help keep stray cats warm during... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 11:05:00 AM CST November 18, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - One person was hospitalized Saturday evening after a shooting just east of Columbia, the Boone County Sheriff's... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 17 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Saturday, November 17, 2018 11:01:00 PM CST November 17, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - Community members gathered Saturday to raise money for the Police Unity Tour. Every year, police officers... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 17 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Saturday, November 17, 2018 7:12:00 PM CST November 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man is home from the hospital Saturday after spending three weeks in the ICU, recovering from... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 17 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Saturday, November 17, 2018 6:58:00 PM CST November 17, 2018 in News
PHELPS COUNTY - One man was airlifted to the hospital Saturday morning after he suffered "a large caliber gunshot wound... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 17 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Saturday, November 17, 2018 4:46:00 PM CST November 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Fall Into Art kicked off the weekend with its annual show, and artists shared what their art means... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 17 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Saturday, November 17, 2018 3:50:00 PM CST November 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - One of the largest holiday shopping events in mid-Missouri takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Columbia Exposition... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 17 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Saturday, November 17, 2018 2:20:00 PM CST November 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - From the amateurs to the professional travel teams, dodgeball players of all skill sets took part in the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 17 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Saturday, November 17, 2018 2:05:00 PM CST November 17, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A chase that reached speeds of 115 mph and a subsequent foot pursuit led to the arrest... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 17 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Saturday, November 17, 2018 12:50:00 PM CST November 17, 2018 in News
Royal Palm Beach, FL ( WPTV ) -- Firefighters rescued several pets from a house fire in Royal Palm Beach... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 17 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Saturday, November 17, 2018 11:45:00 AM CST November 17, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - Another fatal crash occurred in Missouri early Saturday morning. 30 year-old Richard Lowry, of Eugene, was pronounced... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 17 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Saturday, November 17, 2018 5:57:00 AM CST November 17, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 34°
4am 32°
5am 31°
6am 31°
7am 30°