A new law makes it easier for people forced into sex trade to move forward with their lives.
The state has already passed two anti-trafficking laws to support victims, one back in 2006 and another in 2010. Senate bill 1037 goes a step further by allowing victims who have been charged with prostitution a chance to clear their name through court. The bill also lengthens the statute of limitations for prosecuting pimps and helps turn their assets into funds for victims.
Alderman of Rockford's 11th Ward Karen Elyea says the new law will help cut down on prostitution in the city.
"It will provide use with more tools in arresting pimps and will also provide a revenue stream to help prostituted individuals get away from that lifestyle."
State lawmakers say the new measure will ultimately help victims get back into society by increasing their access to better housing, employment, education and more.
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