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Hawaii Gov. David Ige vetoes bill to ban sex trafficking

Gov. David Ige Gov. David Ige

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. David Ige has vetoed a bill that would have created a victim-centered approach to combating sex trafficking in Hawaii.

Prosecutors say the bill as it is written is confusing. They say it will make catching pimps more difficult, and that Hawaii's law already prohibits the behavior.

Advocates for the bill say they're disappointed that victims of sex trafficking will have to wait for the protection they need.

Hawaii law bans human trafficking, but the state is the last in the nation to have a law specifically banning sex trafficking.

Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro says the conduct covered by the proposed ban is already prohibited in the state.

Ige says law enforcement leaders will work together to draft a better bill for the next session.

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