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Attorneys General Letter Targets Human Trafficking

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee urging passage of three bills targeting human trafficking.

Stenehjem and more than 50 other state and territorial attorneys general signed the letter sent to the committee Monday.

The letter asks the committee to approve the Stop Advertising Victims Exploitation Act. The measure would add more oversight for websites that offer adult services.

Stenehjem says that for every predator authorities "take down," dozens more are hiding behind the anonymity of websites.

The letter also addresses the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2013, which would promote a victim-centered approach to cases.

Senators are also being encouraged to approve the Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking Act. The proposal would increase federal penalties and victim restitution.

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