Hassan signs bill to strengthen protections against human trafficking



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CONCORD, New Hampshire — Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a measure that strengthens New Hampshire's laws against human trafficking.

Hassan said the bill, which she signed Friday, takes significant steps to strengthen protections for human trafficking victims and reinforcing New Hampshire's commitment to equal justice for all.

The bill, which had strong bipartisan support, protects juveniles from being prosecuted for being forced to perform illegal acts, allows victims to sue traffickers, increases penalties against trafficking and allows victims to expunge their record.

Advocates say New Hampshire is ranked the second-worst state in the legal protections offered to trafficking victims. The bill is the product of the Attorney General's Task Force on Human Trafficking.

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