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Leaders plan to change laws for offenders in sex trade

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Leaders in the New Hanover County community are working together to change sex trafficking laws in North Carolina.

State Senator Thom Goolsby is working on a bill that would require anyone convicted of sex trafficking to register as a sex. Meanwhile, State Representative Susi Hamilton said new laws should treat the women involved as victims and the pimps as criminals.

"This is going to be a full-fledged approach and attack on the whole system," said Hamilton.

The issue came up during a meeting Monday with lawmakers and local leaders in New Hanover County. Among them, District Attorney Ben David pushed for stronger charges for people involved in sex trade and prostitution.

"Pimping should be a felony, regardless of age," he said.

Prosecutors with David's office have said they're able to convict pimps but have a hard time keeping them in jail.

"This issue exists in our community and we are going to doggedly go after these pimps because we perceive them as by far the biggest contributing factor to the human trafficking situation," David said.

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