In an effort to combat human trafficking, House Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane, R-Nampa, said today he’ll introduce legislation making a first-time offense of soliciting prostitution a felony. Currently, that’s a misdemeanor in Idaho until the third offense. “There are individuals that are being trafficked here in the Treasure Valley,” Crane said. “Most of these are vulnerable children and women.” Crane joined with representatives of advocacy groups and law enforcement in a Statehouse news conference to announce the proposed legislation, and also laud Gov. Butch Otter’s recent proclamation of January as Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Several advocates said the key is to stop the customers of prostitution, to erase the demand that drives...
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Crane announces he'll sponsor two bills aimed at cracking down on human trafficking