JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Legislature has voted to expand the crime of sex trafficking to include advertising commercial sex acts.
The House passed the bill 152-0 Tuesday. The Senate approved the legislation in April, so now it goes to the governor.
Bill sponsor Elijah Haahr said in a statement that the measure would cover everything from posters to websites and apps. The Springfield Republican said this would give law enforcement another way to crack down on predators.
Someone guilty of sex trafficking could face up to 20 years in prison. That penalty could rise to life in prison if the victim was a minor.
The bill would also expand the state’s address confidentiality program to include victims of human trafficking.