The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee discussed legislation involving sex trafficking in the state Tuesday. A proposed bill would require all convicted sex trafficking criminals to also register as sex offenders.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s Spokesperson Amy Kempe said the law would treat sex trafficking in the same way that other sex offenses are dealt with.
“It’s a right step, it’s a smart move to make, so that people will know if they have somebody who has been convicted of sex trafficking living in their community.”
Kempe said sex trafficking is growing worldwide, and is a $32-billion industry.
“Over the last two years, here in Rhode Island the Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney have prosecuted 30 individuals for sex trafficking."
The bill was held for further study by the House Judiciary committee.