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Arizona bill would combine child sex trafficking, prostitution statutes

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PHOENIX — An Arizona House bill that would combine child sex trafficking and prostitution statutes would also make prosecuting child sex crimes much easier.

House Bill 2238 combines two state laws dealing with child prostitution and sex trafficking.

“[It’ll] make it easier for folks to understand exactly what the prohibited conduct is,” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said. “It’ll make it easier for referencing exactly which provisions the state is seeking to enforce – and the punishments which go along with that.”

HB 2238 also allows lifetime probation – for those who qualify – for those convicted of child prostitution.

The statutes that would be combined are 13-1307-B and 13-3212.

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