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Laws about sex trafficking, child abuse, military funerals now in effect in NC

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New laws ranging from sex trafficking to protecting military funerals are now in effect in the Tar Heel State. In all, North Carolinians have 42 new laws to abide by as of Sunday.

Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) says tourism, military bases and interstates that bisect the state are a recipe for sex trafficking. North Carolina is the 8th worst state in the country for sex trafficking. To combat this problem, a new law requires someone convicted of sex trafficking to register as a sex offender.

"You are not going to be able to go start working your brothel if indeed you are wearing an ankle bracelet," Goolsby, a sponsor of the law, said. "Being No. 8 is a dubious distinction for our state, and being able to get us off that top ten list is extremely important."

There are also now tougher laws to protect North Carolina children.

Click here for the full list of new laws

Kilah's Law increases child abuse penalties. A parent or caregiver who seriously injures a child intentionally can be charged as a felon.

Lily's Law says a person can be charged with murder if a child is born alive and dies from injuries inflicted prior to birth.

And Caylee's Law makes it a crime if an individual fails to report a missing child.

Respect Our Fallen Heroes prohibits disorderly conduct at military funerals, memorial services or processional route. If someone causes a disturbance by communicating visual or vocal threats or blocks access to the ceremonial site within two hours the event, they will be charged with a misdemeanor for the first offense and a felony every time after.

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