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Did you know human trafficking (both sex and labor) is the second-largest criminal enterprise? Stop Human Trafficking Coalition of Central Missouri advocate NANETTE WARD tells the story of a U.S. citizen from Florida who was hired for a construction job here in Columbia but never got paid and was left behind by the team that hired him. February 26, 2020

Gov. Mike Parson has signed a bill that raises the marriage age in Missouri from 15 to 16.

The measure, signed into law Friday, requires that 16 and 17-year-olds receive parental permission to be married. It also bars someone 21 or older from marrying anyone 17 or younger.

U.S. Senate Sends Sex Trafficking Bill to Trump

Mar 22, 2018

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved legislation to crack down on sex trafficking by expanding the ability of prosecutors to go after websites that promote and facilitate it.

The measure, which passed the Senate 97-2, also would give state attorneys general the authority to file civil lawsuits on behalf of victims of sex trafficking. The House approved it last month 388-25, sending it on to President Donald Trump for his expected signature.

Proposed Bill Would Help Trafficking Victims Expunge Prostitution Records

Jan 23, 2018

As a minor, Christine McDonald was the victim of sex trafficking for 17 years. Because of that, she has been convicted of felony prostitution.

She hasn't been able to forget it. 

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  The owner of a closed Lawrence nightclub pleaded guilty to operating a sex trafficking operation in several states.

U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Monday in a news release that 43-year-old Frank Boswell, of Topeka, pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. He is the former owner of the defunct Club Magic in Lawrence.

Prosecutors say Boswell's organization recruited mostly homeless or drug-addicted women to work in the prostitution ring.

The plea agreement calls for a sentence between four to five years. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 23.

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  St. Louis area Congresswoman Ann Wagner visited Jefferson City on Thursday, February 19, to urge lawmakers to pass a bill that would stop sexual trafficking of young children.

The House Civil Affairs Committee is looking at the proposal that would expand the crime of sex trafficking to include the advertisement of a child for sexual purposes.

The congresswoman says the advertisement of children for sexual profiting is nonstop. 

An MU professor’s research was used to help write a bill that is headed to President Obama's desk.