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Bill would let trafficking victims erase enslavement-related criminal histories

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Human trafficking victims would be able to petition courts to erase their criminal histories under a new bill recently introduced by an Idaho Senate panel. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports ( ) that the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow courts to vacate convictions for prostitution and other non-violent crimes as a result of enslavement. Republican Sen. Jim Rice, who sponsored the legislation, says the criminal records of human trafficking victims often stand in the way of access to employment, education and housing opportunities. Rice added that some victims of human trafficking have histories with illegal drug crime because of their enslavement.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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