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The Latest: New Hawaii prostitution law is 1st in the nation

July 3, 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a new Hawaii law on prostitution convictions (all times local):

3 p.m.

Hawaii is the first state in the U.S. to remove a requirement that a person be a victim of sex trafficking to have a prostitution conviction erased.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed the measure into law Tuesday.

The new law tosses prostitution convictions for those who avoid additional convictions for three years, even if they can’t show they have been victims of sex trafficking.

Victim advocates say most trafficking victims aren’t able to reveal or prove they’re victims because they fear their pimp or sex buyer will retaliate. They may depend on their pimp or trafficker for their livelihood.

Advocates say trafficking is a big problem in Hawaii in part because of a large tourism industry and military population.

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12:30 p.m.

Hawaii is poised to become the first state in the U.S. to remove a requirement that a person be a victim of sex trafficking to have a prostitution conviction erased.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige is expected to sign the legislation Tuesday.

The new law will toss prostitution convictions for those who avoid additional convictions for three years, even if they can’t prove they have been victims of sex trafficking.

Victim advocates say most trafficking victims aren’t able to reveal or prove they’re victims because they fear their pimp or sex buyer will retaliate. They may depend on their pimp or trafficker for their livelihood.

Advocates say trafficking is a big problem in Hawaii because of the large tourism industry and military population.