PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law an anti-human
trafficking bill championed by the wife of U.S. Sen. John McCain.
Brewer signed House Bill 2454 on Tuesday. The bill toughened penalties for
trafficking adults and targets businesses such as massage parlors and escort
services that advertise online.
It required advertisers to post their license numbers and have written
permission of any women they depict and evidence they are not minors.
Cindy McCain said the legislation puts Arizona at the forefront of the fight
against human trafficking.
The bill by Rep. Eddie Farnsworth of Gilbert increased the minimum penalties
for a child-prostitution conviction to 10 years to 24 years in prison and makes
pimping a child or adult a racketeering offense that will allow asset seizures.