December 23, 2014

Jackley: Put pimps of minors on sex offender registry

12-23-2014 South Dakota:

Attorney General Marty Jackley has released his list of proposed bills for the upcoming legislative session. The state's top prosecutor will ask lawmakers to place some human trafficking convicts on the state's sex offender registry, ... ...

The push to add pimps convicted of trafficking of minors or trafficking through the prostitution of minors is based on the coercion embedded in the crimes, Jackley said. "The inclusion of human trafficking is part of our commitment to providing a sex offender registry that exceeds national standards, partners with our reservation communities, and protects our children," Jackley said.

The designation of traffickers as sex crime perpetrators makes sense, said Krista Heeren-Graber, Director of the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence. The goal of the registry is to inform the community of potential predators, she said. "I think it's a great idea," said Heeren-Graber. "It provides more protection and awareness for the community." ... ... ... ..Source.. by John Hult

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