TOPEKA – (April 5, 2013) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today commended the Legislature for passing comprehensive anti-human trafficking legislation. AG Schmidt released the following statement:
“Today’s approval by the Kansas Legislature sends to Governor Brownback the first comprehensive anti-human trafficking legislation in Kansas history. This measure toughens penalties on those who buy and sell children for sex, puts in place new intervention and support services to help all victims of human trafficking, provides for expanded training for law enforcement and social services professionals throughout Kansas, and begins to change how we talk about children who become involved in the sex trade. As we have throughout our state’s history, Kansas today took another positive step in the struggle for human dignity, and I applaud legislators for their strong support for this measure.”
The legislation was announced by Governor Brownback and Attorney General Schmidt in January, and it was one of the bills Schmidt recommended to the Legislature at the start of this year. It was developed through more than a year of discussions with many interested parties throughout the state as part of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Advisory Board.
The bill was introduced as Senate Bill 61 and won approval today as the conference committee report for Substitute for House Bill 2034. The conference committee report was approved 40-0 in the Senate and 120-0 in the House of Representatives. It now goes to the Governor for his consideration.