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By CAITLIN CRUZ
Cronkite News Service
PHOENIX – The help that Gov. Jan Brewer promised victims of human trafficking in her State of the State address became law Tuesday, increasing penalties and establishing being a victim of sex trafficking as a defense in child prostitution cases.
“The goal of this legislation is to further discourage criminals from further inflicting this horror on people of Arizona, particularly our children,” Brewer said as she signed HB 2454.
Among other provisions, the bill sets the penalty for prostituting a child age who is 15-17 at between 10 years and 24 years in prison. It also targets those who recruit sex trafficking victims from high-risk places such as shelters serving runaways, foster children, homeless people or victims of domestic violence.