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According to news reports, Texas is now the first state to make buying sex a felony. The bill was signed this week by Govern Greg Abbott; this law was passed to help fight against sex trafficking.
Via NBC News:
The state unanimously passed HB1540, which was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in June, to crack down on so-called “johns” who pay for sex, in an attempt to shift punitive blame away from those who engage in prostitution, many of whom are often victims of trafficking. The law goes into effect Sept. 1.
“We know the demand is the driving force behind human trafficking,” said Texas state Rep. Senfronia Thompson who authored the bill. “If we can curb or stamp out the demand end of it, then we can save the lives of numerous persons.”
Hopefully this law will also be passed in more states to further stop the horrendous amount of sex trafficking plaguing the U.S.A and across world.