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State lawmakers hope to close a loophole in laws against child sex trafficking.

The goal of a bill that got a hearing this week is to ensure that child victims who are rescued get referred for services. Under current law, child victims of sex trafficking aren’t automatically eligible for services that are available to other victims of child abuse, and sex traffickers aren’t covered under the child abuse laws.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, would change that. She said adding new penalties for traffickers and providing services for the victims will cost the state money, but that “it’s the right thing to do.”

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