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Jan Brewer calls for new human trafficking laws

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has called on lawmakers to pass legislation making it easier for police and prosecutors to target human traffickers.

Brewer said in her annual State of the State address Monday that young women being forced into the sex trade is akin to modern-day slavery.

Brewer says a human trafficking task force she created last year has recommended ways to better protect victims and increase penalties for perpetrators.

The task force is co-chaired by Cindy McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCain. Cindy McCain revealed a series of digital billboards Monday designed to combat human trafficking and promote a victim’s hotline.

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