A bill to toughen Indiana’s penalties for sex trafficking is now the law in Indiana.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the bill today, just in time for this Sunday’s Super Bowl, which officials fear could become a magnet for prostitution. The law gives greater latitude to prosecute those who force girls, some as young as 12, into the paid sex trade.
“Let’s hope that the law has the deterrent affect that we hope for, and that these criminals will decide to take their awful business somewhere else,” Daniels said from his office Monday morning. “But if they should try it here at least we know our prosecutor will be armed with a tough law much more certain of producing successful prosecutions and long jail sentences.”
As many as 150,000 people are expected to descend upon Indianapolis for this Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. Officials anticipate a substantial increase in prostitution, with out-of-town girls brought in to meet the demand.