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Published on Friday, February 21, 2014

Legislation that sends more money back to jurisdictions to fight sex crimes against children scheduled in the House.

SSB 6017 introduced by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-Seattle) is now in the House. We discussed this bill in an earlier article found here. SSB 6017 gives local jurisdictions more funding to address trafficking and sex crimes against children. Current practice gives law enforcement agencies the authority to take possession of property involved in cases of drug crimes, human sex trafficking, sexual exploitation crimes and other felony crimes. Some items are destroyed and others are sold and the profit goes back to the agency’s general fund.

This bill states that 90 percent of the profit form property forfeited as a result of certain sex crimes against children must go back to the jurisdiction to be used for enforcing prostitution and sexual exploitation of children.

AWC supports the measure. SSB 6017 is scheduled for public hearing February 25 at 10am in the House Public Safety Committee.

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