Legislation protecting sex trafficking victims passes Illinois Senate

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that further protects victims of sex trafficking from being prosecuted for prostitution.

Officials say the Senate passed the measure in a 55-9 vote.  Under Illinois law, the penalty for prostitution is a $2,500 fine and up to a year in jail, and victims of sex trafficking could potentially be prosecuted for it.  However, the measure's sponsor, Illinois Senator John Mulroe, victims would be provided with an "affirmative defense" that would overcome criminal charges.

The measure now moves to the Illinois House for consideration.
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