PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a bill
targeting pimps who traffic minors for sex.
House Bill 2454 was championed by the wife of U.S. Sen. John McCain and by
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. The House passed it on Feb. 27.
The bill toughens penalties for trafficking adults and targets businesses such
as massage parlors and escort services that advertise online. It requires
advertisers to post their license number and have written permission of any
women they depict and evidence they’re not minors.
Cindy McCain says the bill would put Arizona at the forefront of the fight
against human trafficking by imposing harsh penalties for pimps.
The Senate gave initial approval to the bill on Wednesday. A full roll-call
vote is still needed before it goes to Brewer.