Bill Would Create Position to Combat Human Trafficking in Nebraska

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Lincoln, Neb.-- Nebraskans seeking to combat human trafficking would have the help of a state coordinator under a proposal in the Legislature.

Sen. Amanda McGill of Lincoln has introduced two bills relating to human trafficking, which will be heard by the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

One bill creates a coordinator of human trafficking prevention and rehabilitation.

McGill said there are lots of people who want to be involved but there is no one to coordinate the efforts across the state.

The coordinator would create a website and look for grants to help victims of human trafficking.

Organizations like "I've Got a Name" support McGill's bill saying they could better serve victims if a coordinator was in place.

Outreach Director Nicole Siegel at The Bay says she sees a lot of victims from I-80. I-80 continues to be a problem area for human trafficking. Siegel says with a coordinator in place, they can keep track of victims who otherwise would get lost in the shuffle.

The other bill helps define human trafficking and makes Nebraska law more similar to other states.