AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A legislative committee held a public hearing on a bill to help victims of human trafficking Thursday.
Representative Amy Volk of Scarborough sponsors the bill that allows courts to vacate prostitution convictions of women who are trafficking victims. It also allows women to defend themselves against prostitution charges by telling the court they're trafficking victims. In addition, victims can receive compensation through the Maine Victims' Compensation Fund, it assesses a fine on convicted pimps, and makes furnishing drugs to a prostitute an aggravated offense.
The bill recieved support, but there is some opposition to it, based on how the state would implement specific parts of it.