Some Kentucky lawmakers say they’ll push to strengthen the Commonwealth's human trafficking law during the upcoming legislative session. Democratic State Rep. Sannie Overly tells the Lexington Herald-Leader she plans to sponsor a bill similar to one she introduced last year to increase training for law enforcement. The measure would also use money from those convicted of such crimes to pay for victim services.
The state has prosecuted 16 cases since human trafficking became a crime in 2007, but advocates say the law is weak and doesn't do enough to punish perpetrators or protect victims. Overly's bill passed the House last year, but stalled in the Senate.