Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan waves to the crowd during an election night watch party in St. Louis on Nov. 2, 2010. Carnahan has settled a lawsuit with the Fox News Network about one of her campaign ads. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
A state representative has announced plans to introduce a bill to increase penalties for human trafficking convictions in Missouri.
Democratic Rep. Jason Kander said the measure he plans to introduce this week would boost Missouri penalties for human trafficking to the same level as federal statutes. He said federal penalties for human trafficking range from fines to five years and up to life in prison. Most Missouri human trafficking penalties go up to 15 years in prison.