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Submitted by Sarah Murphy on Wed, 04/24/2013 - 8:50pm.

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) – Governor Pat McCrory signed Bill 122, into law Wednesday, which requires sex traffickers to register as sex offenders after they serve their prison sentence. Senator Thom Goolsby was one of the sponsors of the sex trafficking and sex offender registration bill. He says this bill will make it hard for “pimps” to stay in the sex trafficking business, after they are forced to register as a sex offender. The bill goes into effect December 1, 2013. Goolsby says the first battle in the war against sex trafficking was won Wednesday, but more work needs to be done to get North Carolina out of the top 10 states in the nation for minor sex trafficking. "One in three runaways, in the first 48 hours are engaged in the sex trade. I realized just how serious it was and that we needed to do something to stamp it out,” said Goolsby. Goolsby says to continue to combat this issue; he will now fight to pass Bill 683. The Safe Harbor Bill would provide law enforcement, social services, and the courts with all the enforcement powers needed to stop the minor sex trade in the state.

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