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State lawmakers want signs for trafficking victims

By Anita Hofschneider

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 4:54 a.m. HST, Feb 13, 2013

Hawaii representatives are pushing forward a bill that would require certain businesses to post signs with information on resources for victims of human trafficking.

The bill would require massage parlors, large farms, hospital emergency rooms and certain alcoholic establishments to post the signs.

The House committees on the judiciary and consumer protection approved the measure this week.

Anti-trafficking organizations say they strongly support the bill.

House Majority Floor Leader Karen Awana says the proposal didn't receive any testimony from massage parlors, farms or other businesses that would be affected.

Hawaii was the site of the largest human trafficking case in the nation last year when a California-based business was accused of exploiting 600 Thai farm workers.

The state passed its first anti-trafficking law in 2011.

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