Indiana leaders seek sex-trafficking crackdown

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Posted: Dec 19, 2011 10:50 AM
Indiana leaders seek sex-trafficking crackdown

Indiana political leaders are looking to fast-track sex-trafficking legislation before football fans flood Indianapolis for the Super Bowl.

Gov. Mitch Daniels, Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Logansport Republican Sen. Randy Head and other leaders say they want to arm prosecutors with more tools to combat an expected rise in prostitution that has accompanied the Super Bowl in other cities.

They cite estimates that the 2010 Super Bowl brought 10,000 prostitutes to Miami and resulted in 133 arrests in Dallas at the 2011 Super Bowl. Daniels called the practice "abominable" during the rollout of his 2012 legislative agenda.

Daniels said Friday that lawmakers are looking to speed the legislation through when they start the 2012 session Jan. 4. The Super Bowl is Feb. 5.