Monday, March 25, 2013

Montana Oil Boom Spurs Prostitution, Possible Human Trafficking

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 9:16 AM

An oil boom in eastern Montana has brought more than deep pockets to rural boomtowns; it's increasing incidents of prostitution and possible human trafficking, according to lawmakers.

The Associated Press reports that Montana lawmakers have introduced a cache of bills in response to the problem. Among the proposals being considered is a measure that would seize a perpetrator's property, and another bill requiring human-trafficking hot line signs at truck stops throughout the region and stiffer prison sentences for perpetrators.

The bills are expected to surface in the Montana Legislature this coming week.

"This was not a laughing matter. It was not a barroom look of how our Wild West used to be," Montana Sen. Elsie Arntzen told the AP. "This is something that my colleagues took serious. And that's incredible."

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