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NJ Steps Up Human Trafficking Laws

by Associated Press
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Mark Coggins, wikimedia

Christie Signs Bill into Law

Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation that tightens New Jersey's human trafficking laws ahead of the 2014 Super Bowl.

The new law increases penalties on those who fail to verify that advertisers on their sites are not minors, and it establishes so-called "john schools" to educate patrons of prostitutes about the industry's exploitation of women and minors.

The law also allows courts to vacate the criminal convictions of those compelled by their traffickers to break the law.

The bill's sponsors sought to have the new provisions in place ahead of New Jersey hosting the 2014 Super Bowl, the kind of event they say historically sees an increase in sex trafficking.

The laws apply not just to prostitution but also to other forms of forced labor.

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