Gov Signs Hawaii's First Human Trafficking Law

It's official: Hawaii has a human trafficking law.

On Monday, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed into law two bills aimed at curtailing the illegal trade of human beings.

House Bill 141 outlaws labor trafficking and House Bill 240 toughens existing prostitution laws by making prostitutes eligible for a state witness protection program — a direct attempt to help law enforcement prosecute pimps, and traffickers.

The two measures passed the Legislature unanimously and enable Hawaii to lose the ignominious distinction of being one of just four states that did not have a human trafficking law.

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