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'Safe Harbor' bill moving through state legislature


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A bill to combat human trafficking in North Carolina is quickly moving through the legislature. Senator Thom Goolsby is spearheading the legislation.

The bill would rewrite the state's trafficking laws, creating a "safe harbor" for trafficking victims. Victims would no longer be charged in connection with the crime and traffickers would face tougher penalties.

The bill could reach the full House for a vote as early as this week.

North Carolina ranks as the eight worst state for human trafficking.

To learn more about the bill you can visit

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If only this bill had been

If only this bill had been introduced earlier... My cousin could still be here and not missing ...