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Mass. House Passes Human Trafficking Bill

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The Massachusetts House on Wednesday unanimously approved human trafficking legislation that's been pushed for years.

The measure would set mandatory sentences for anyone convicted of forcing adults or children into prostitution or forced labor.

House Judiciary Chairman Eugene O'Flaherty says this is an effort to hold accountable people who profit from these types of crimes.

"This is already outlawed federally," O'Flaherty said. "But, as you can imagine, their resources are already spread thin. This gives local law enforcement the opportunity to deal with this on a local level."

The measure now goes to the state Senate.

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