Federal Way’s Pellicciotti files sex abuse, trafficking bill

  • Monday, January 16, 2017 1:35pm
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Federal Way’s Pellicciotti files sex abuse, trafficking bill

Mike Pellicciotti, D-Federal Way, was sworn in on Monday as a state representative. Within hours of taking his oath of office, he filed his first bill.

His bill, HB 1078, seeks to protect children from sexual abuse and prostitution and extends the criminal charging period for sex traffickers. When prostitution involves drugs or gifts as compensation instead of a fee, often minors are the victims. Pellicciotti’s bill would amend current law and include those types of exchanges when determining if someone is guilty of commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

“I have prosecuted traffickers in our community, where teenage victims are coerced into a situation they can’t escape for years,” Pellicciotti said in a press release. “This bill would better hold these traffickers accountable and remove them from the streets.”


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