LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A state lawmaker who has fought for years to restrict human trafficking in Nebraska is now trying to hit traffickers in the wallet with a proposed sales tax on dating and escort services.

The bill introduced last week would eliminate a sales tax exemption for the services, which include legitimate dating websites as well as businesses that act as a front for prostitution and human trafficking. Money generated from the tax would go into an existing state fund to help pay for housing, therapy, health care and other services for human trafficking survivors.

The measure’s sponsor said she learned about the tax break last year and was shocked that escort services receive it, given the Legislature’s multi-year push to crack down on human trafficking.

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