Lawmakers seek to overhaul, toughen New Mexico sex trafficking laws

A sweeping piece of legislation to overhaul and toughen New Mexico’s sex trafficking laws could also finally open the door for trafficking victims to reclaim money from the criminals who’ve exploited them. KRQE reports that advocates are pushing for the New Mexico House to vote on House Bill 237 before the short 30-day session ends next week. The bill, which passed the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, was the subject of powerful testimony Wednesday from victims of sex trafficking. The bill, in part, seeks to strengthen penalties for sex trafficking offenders, eliminate the statute of limitations for the offense, empower victims of the crime and make anyone convicted of sex trafficking register as a sex offender.