Nebraska would create a commission to study sex trafficking in the state and increase penalties for pandering, under a bill heard before the Judiciary Committee.
Lawmakers on Thursday took testimony on a complex effort aimed at identifying and destroying human trafficking in Nebraska.
The measure, brought by Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill, would require that massage parlors, strip clubs and truck stops in Nebraska post the telephone number of a human trafficking hotline near their entrances.
It also would increase penalties for pandering, if the offender has prior convictions or the person being enticed into prostitution is a minor.
In addition, the bill requires special training for police, prosecutors, judges and other officials who may encounter prostitutes. It would allow sex trafficking victims to clear prostitution convictions off their criminal record.