(KUTV) A bill that could give human traffickers the death penalty has passed the Utah House of Representatives.
House Bill 136 passed Friday afternoon by a vote of 44 to 28.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray (R-Clearfield), specifies that if a child dies while being trafficked, that would be classified as aggravated murder and could result in the death penalty.
Ray has told 2News he feels the bill would be a deterrent for those who seek to engage in trafficking children for labor or sex.
But Rep. Brian King (D-Salt Lake City) spoke against the bill Friday on the House floor, saying he doesn’t want to see an expansion of the death penalty.
The bill now moves on to the full Senate.