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SEX TRAFFICKING INVESTIGATION: Authorities use technology to fight sex trafficking

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 5/01 9:15 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The state says it's fighting sex trafficking in a new way.

Tough legislation -- introduced this past Wednesday to lawmakers -- gives authorities more tools to fight pimps and help victims.

The illegal sex trade, Metro says, is luring more of our local young women and men.

Sgt. Don Hoier displays websites where he investigates sex traffickers. The people involved try to be sly, he said.

“There's pics, videos, talks about donation, as opposed to price,” Hoier said.

Hoyer, who has spent years with Vice, says no doubt, sex is being sold illegally, a click of a finger.

"It's everywhere and online you're connected to the entire world on line. You can remain online. A prostitute doesn't have to leave her home. A pimp doesn't have to leave home to recruit online. They could do it from the comfort of their home," Hoier said.

Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto says Nevada's location makes it a prime target for pimps.

"In the southern part of the state, it's I-15 and in the northern part of the state it’s (Intersate) 80 to the Sacramento and San Francisco area,” Masto said. “It's well known to law enforcement and pimps and the intent is to where the big events are taking place, where the men are going to be."

That draw may change with Assembly Bill 67. The most dramatic changes: tougher pursuit of not only the pimps, but the johns who buy sex from minors, the ability to sue a pimp and restitution for the victims, and clearly defining just what sex trafficking is.

"How do we define this? Because in Nevada, it's pandering, no one knows what that means. That's why we're changing the pandering statute to the sex trafficking statute so everybody - when you hear, you understand," said Nevada Chief Deputy Attorney General Michon Martin.

"It’s a perpetrator -- taking one of our girls, boys from their schools, places and forces them to engage in sex acts with strangers, taking all their money," Martin said.

Now those caught will pay the price -- guilty sex traffickers will have to register as Nevada sex offenders and face longer prison sentences.


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