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Legislators consider law to ban human trafficking in state

Jan 16, 2013 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming lawmakers are considering passing state laws barring human trafficking.

The state is the only one in the country without such laws.

The proposal would make it a felony to knowingly recruit, harbor, receive or participate in other ways in forced labor or sexual servitude.

A House committee expressed interest in the bill from Democratic Rep. Cathy Connolly of Laramie on Tuesday but delayed a vote until next Monday to clear up some questions about wording.

Connolly said trafficking cases are more common that many may believe, including in rural states.

In 2011, a man from Uzbekistan was sentenced to prison for managing a 14-state labor racketeering enterprise. A company associated with the ring supplied workers, mostly Filipino immigrants, to hotels in Casper and Douglas.

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