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Group wants changes in human trafficking laws

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Lawmakers hope to pass laws protecting people from human traffickers. It's a crime that happens more than people think. Police in Lake Charles LA rescued a 19-year-old Huntsville girl on Tuesday from two alleged human traffickers. 

The Madison County Human Trafficking Task Force said it should be no surprise a victim came from the North Alabama region.

"It's not just happening overseas," said task force leader David Pinkleton. "It's happening right here in our country and right here in the state of Alabama."

An Alabama human trafficking law was passed in 2010. The task force wants new legislation introduced that would allow a minor busted for prostitution to have that criminal charge waived if they're a victim of human trafficking. The legislation would also extend services to the victim.

"The case that we had recently is just another example. Unfortunately this is an issue that law enforcement is having to deal with, and frankly, the community at large needs to be aware of," said Pinkleton.

The next session is set to begin in January. 

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