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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs human-trafficking bill

PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law an anti-human trafficking bill championed by the wife of U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Brewer signed House Bill 2454 on Tuesday. The bill toughened penalties for trafficking adults and targets businesses such as massage parlors and escort services that advertise online.

It required advertisers to post their license numbers and have written permission of any women they depict and evidence they are not minors.

Cindy McCain said the legislation puts Arizona at the forefront of the fight against human trafficking.

The bill by Rep. Eddie Farnsworth of Gilbert increased the minimum penalties for a child-prostitution conviction to 10 years to 24 years in prison and makes pimping a child or adult a racketeering offense that will allow asset seizures.

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