Kan. officials plot anti-trafficking strategy

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt are seeking legislation that would increase fines and penalties aimed at curbing child sexual exploitation.

The two Republicans say Friday the proposal would crack down on the sexual exploitation of children and trafficking of commercial sexual activity in the state.

Schmidt says the proposal would increase the fines for those who are purchasing sexual services in Kansas, raising the penalties to felonies.

Schmidt's office is the lead entity of the Kansas Human Trafficking Advisory Board, which was created three years ago to study the problems of forced labor and sex trafficking. The board includes law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victims of human trafficking and others with expertise in the field.

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