Gov. Mead signs human trafficking bill into law

2013-02-28T08:34:00Z 2013-02-28T20:53:04Z Gov. Mead signs human trafficking bill into lawThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 28, 2013 8:34 am  • 

CHEYENNE — Wyoming now has its own laws barring human trafficking.

Gov. Matt Mead signed House Bill 133 into law Wednesday.

It makes it a felony to knowingly recruit, harbor, receive or participate in other ways in forced labor or sexual servitude. It also offers protection for people who have been trafficked.

Violators will be subject to up to 50 years in prison and fines up to $10,000.

Until now, Wyoming was the only state without its own human-trafficking laws and relied on the federal government to prosecute such cases.

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