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Gov. McCrory signs sex trafficking bill into law

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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill into law Wednesday to combat the sex trafficking trade in North Carolina, according to his spokesperson. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill into law Wednesday to combat the sex trafficking trade in North Carolina, according to his spokesperson.

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill into law Wednesday to combat the sex trafficking trade in North Carolina, according to his spokesperson.

Senate Bill 122, called the "Sex Trafficking/Sex Offender Registration" bill, adds human trafficking to the list of charges that could land a defendant on the state's Sex Offender Registry. Senators Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover), Stan Bingham (R-Davidson) and E.S. Newton (R-Johnston) are the other two primary sponsors. Click here to read the entire bill.

Under the bill, a conviction for trafficking a minor under the age of 18 will bring mandatory registration as a sex offender, and subject the offender to GPS tracking.

According to the North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the state is one of the top-10 for trafficking in the United States.  Among the reasons are the major highways such as I-40 & I-95, the large military presence with a transient population, a huge agricultural community, and the ports near large rural areas.

Goolsby called SB 122 "the first salvo in the war on sex traffickers."

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