Nebraska would impose much tougher prison sentences in an effort to crack down on human trafficking under a bill advancing in the Unicameral.
Some object, though.
Sen. Burke Harr of Omaha calls LB 289 “window dressing,” claiming supporters haven’t given adequate reasons human trafficking deserves extra penalties.
“If you’re a victim of a crime, every crime is heinous,” Harr tells colleagues during floor debate. “You get your car stolen, you’ve lost your sense of privacy, you’ve lost your sense of trust in society. It’s a heinous crime.”
Harr’s statement brings a sharp rebuke from the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln.
“That previous discussion makes me sick to my stomach,” Brooks says. “To compare a car theft to the violent rape and abuse of children and women and minorities is wrong.”
Despite objections from some, the bill advances on 42-nothing vote with four senators not voting.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]