(TargetLiberty.org) – Arizona legislators are planning a major crackdown on child sex trafficking. A bill that’s already passed the state House, and is now heading for the Senate, will impose tougher sentences on repeat offenders – and take them off the streets for good.
Right now, trafficking minors for sex in Arizona will earn the offender between 12 and 27 years in jail – but state legislators don’t think that’s enough. On March 4, the Arizona House passed a bill that will introduce a mandatory natural life sentence for repeat offenders, and following the almost unanimous vote, it’s now headed to the state senate for review.
I am proud to announce that HB 2889 has passed the House! It's time we protect our children now, and for future generations to come.https://t.co/l23yw6hVWX
— Rep. Leo Biasiucci 🇺🇸 (@Leo4AzHouse) March 4, 2021
The bill was introduced by Arizona Representative Leo Biasucci (R), who told OAN he was pushed to act when Jeffrey Epstein received an abysmally short sentence for his crimes. Even Arizona’s current sentences aren’t tough enough, he says, because offenders can be paroled long before they’ve served their full sentences. With the growth in trafficking across the US border from Mexico, Biasucci said he hoped a mandatory life sentence for a second offense would make traffickers think twice.
The bill passed the state House on a 50-1 vote. The only dissenter was a single Democrat who doesn’t believe in mandatory jail sentences.
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