Updated story: A bill to increase penalties for child sex trafficking is on hold after advocates for legalized prostitution pushed for further study of the issue. The bill would have made it a Class A felony to pay, agree to pay or offer to pay for sex with someone younger than 18, bumping the potential penalty from 3½ to seven years in prison to up to 15 years. The House Criminal Justice Committee on Thursday voted 11-7 to retain the bill until next year, with some members saying they want to evaluate the effectiveness of the current law, passed two years ago. "The law has not been around enough to have much data," said Rep. Linn Opderbecke, D-Dover. "We really want that data before we make it a Class A felony." Rep. Jody McNally, R-Rochester,...
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N.H. Bill To Toughen Child Sex Trafficking Penalties Put On Hold