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Okla. House to vote on human trafficking bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The Oklahoma House is set to take up a proposal that would shield 16- and 17-year-olds from prostitution charges.

The proposal from Republican Rep. Lee Denney would require the presumption from prosecutors that minors of those ages involved in prostitution were coerced into that work and are victims of human trafficking.

Denney's proposal is one of at least six human trafficking-related bills introduced this session. Other state governments across the country are considering more than 200 proposals related to exploitation of people for labor or sex.

Another bill is from Rep. Sally Kern that would allow trafficking victims to petition for the removal of prostitution charges from their record. It passed the House without opposition Feb. 18 and is now under consideration the Senate.

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