News Flash

MCAO Latest News

Posted on: April 22, 2014

County Attorney Hails Strengthening of Human Trafficking, Child Prostitution Laws

PHOENIX – Legislation enacted today will enhance the ability of Arizona prosecutors to hold offenders accountable for crimes related to human trafficking and child prostitution. House Bill 2454, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Eddie Farnsworth (R-12), represents recommendations for legislative action by the Governor’s Human Trafficking Task Force and was supported by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. The legislation also provides important privacy protections for crime victims by preventing the release of information that could be used to identify and locate them.

“This legislation provides us with additional tools to prosecute human traffickers, especially those who prey on vulnerable children for sexual exploitation or forced labor,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “I commend our Governor for her leadership in establishing the Human Trafficking Task Force, and the co-chairs, Cindy McCain from the McCain Institute and Gil Orrantia, Director of Arizona’s Department of Homeland Security, for addressing opportunities to improve the way we approach these crimes and protect citizens from the specific harm they cause,” he added.

HB 2454 expands the definition of racketeering to include child prostitution, sex trafficking and trafficking of persons for forced labor or services and allows longer prison sentences for trafficking defendants who recruit children in foster care or runaway shelters. The legislation also enhances penalties for defendants who engage in prostitution with a minor the defendant knows or should have known is 15, 16 or 17 years of age.

House Bill 2454 was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer at a ceremony earlier today. An amendment to the bill strengthens privacy protections for crime victims by barring law enforcement agencies from disclosing a victim’s date of birth during a criminal proceeding, which could be used to identify and locate them.

“This amendment provides an important protection to crime victims necessitated by a recent State Supreme Court ruling that failed to acknowledge a crime victim’s right to privacy,” Montgomery said. “I applaud our legislature for properly recognizing the constitutional right of crime victims to be free from intimidation, harassment and abuse throughout the criminal justice process and the importance of restricting the release of their personal identifying and locating information,” he added.


Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in MCAO Latest News

Female domestic violence victim packing suitcase with clothing

Make a Safety Plan to Get Out

Posted on: October 19, 2020
Teen Girl Texting

Remind Teens to Think Before They Send

Posted on: September 28, 2020
County Attorney Allister Adel

Body-Worn Camera Request

Posted on: September 23, 2020
Online Bully

Online Bullying During COVID

Posted on: September 21, 2020
Animal Cruelty

Report Animal Abuse to Law Enforcement

Posted on: September 14, 2020
Labor Day DUI Reminder

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend Safely

Posted on: September 3, 2020
Pills on table

International Overdose Awareness Day

Posted on: August 31, 2020

COVID-19 Contact Tracing Scams

Posted on: July 23, 2020
Two Girls on Laptops

What are the risks of livestreaming?

Posted on: July 13, 2020

What is a Prosecutor?

Posted on: June 25, 2020
Man Vaping

Vaping Warning Signs for Parents

Posted on: June 18, 2020

Help Prevent Opioid Abuse at Home

Posted on: June 16, 2020
Sunset Over Canal and Homes

Keep Your Home Safe this Summer

Posted on: June 4, 2020
Looking through a car windshield at night. The lights are blurred.

Don’t Graduate into a DUI

Posted on: May 19, 2020
Happy Mothers Day

Honoring MCAO Moms

Posted on: May 8, 2020
COVID-19 Stimulus Check Scams

Stimulus Check Scams

Posted on: May 7, 2020
National Law Day 2020

It’s National Law Day

Posted on: May 1, 2020
Angela Andrews

Collaboration is Key

Posted on: April 30, 2020
Inspiration in the Face of Adversity

Inspiration in the Face of Adversity

Posted on: April 24, 2020
Heather Kirka

Charging Ahead and Working Together

Posted on: April 23, 2020
Census form on flag

We All Benefit When We Respond

Posted on: April 16, 2020
Brittany Hogard

Keeping the Wheels of Justice Rolling

Posted on: April 15, 2020
Person typing on computer keyboard

Be a Smart Online User

Posted on: April 13, 2020
Avoid Coronavirus Scams

COVID-19 Scam Awareness

Posted on: March 30, 2020

Community Outreach Highlights

Posted on: March 1, 2020
Allister with Female Staff

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Posted on: March 1, 2020
2020 Census Advertisement - Shape your Future, Start Here

YOU Count: Fill Out the Census Today

Posted on: March 1, 2020

Update On Petersen Investigation

Posted on: December 11, 2019

MCAO Honors Our Veterans

Posted on: November 8, 2019

Dion Earl Found Guilty on All Charges

Posted on: August 22, 2019

MCAO Launches Community Grants Webpage

Posted on: August 12, 2016

Update on Green Acre Dog Boarding Deaths

Posted on: September 22, 2014

National Geographic - Taboo

Posted on: August 31, 2012