PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A bill fighting child sex trafficking was introduced to Oregon state lawmakers on Wednesday.
House bill 3040 would allow jurys to get more information concerning sex traffickers and their child victims when those sex traffickers are in court.
Evidence such as text messages between pimps and the kids they control would be admissible in court.
Joel Shapiro of Kids are Not for Sale Oregon says “there may be a text message that says hey — I’m looking for someone who is 14 and that kind of information right now may not come into court and with this change in the law, with house bill 3040, would make sure that kind of evidence gets to the jury.”
The bill has seen a lot of support from the Multnomah County District Attorneys Office. Following the hearing today, the next stop for the bill is a committee vote, and if approved it would be off to the House floor for a vote, and then onto the Senate.
KOIN 6 will be following the story.