Plan To Add Human Traffickers To Sex Offender List Advances

Senate Judiciary Committee sends the measure to chamber floor

A South Dakota legislative panel has approved a proposal that would require convicted human traffickers to register as sex offenders.

The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to send the measure to the chamber’s floor.

Attorney General Marty Jackley says that first-degree human trafficking of minors and second-degree human trafficking that involves the prostitution of a minor should be designated sex crimes that require registration.
Jackley says human trafficking is “precisely what that registry is designed to protect against.” He says the registration requirement also would keep offenders away from libraries and schools.

An offender who has committed a comparable offense in a different state and moved to South Dakota would have to join the registry.

Jackley says there are about 3,300 sex offenders registered in South Dakota.

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