LB 1145, introduced by Nebraska State Senator Amanda McGill, was advanced in the legislature Wednesday.  The bill would increase penalties for pandering, currently a misdemeanor, making it a Class IV felony punishable with up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.  Pandering of minors would become a Class III felony punishable with up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.  Sex trafficking is a serious issue in the U.S. with an estimated 100,000 American children exploited each year.  Several Nebraska State Senators agree it is a problem that desperately needs to be addressed in Nebraska.  In Whiteclay, NE, a town 250 feet from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, there have been reports of human trafficking; this bill, which would also provide training to law enforcement and would create a human trafficking task force, could address some of the sex trafficking issues facing the Pine Ridge area.

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