$6 million approved to combat trafficking in state

MADISON, Wis. - The Legislature's budget committee approved increasing spending $6 million more to help victims of sex trafficking.

The Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday voted 12-4 to approve the funding, with Democrats against because they wanted to spend more.

The money would be used to provide out-of-home placements, services and treatments for children and young people who have been involved with sex trafficking.

Current treatment capacity is not expected to be able to keep pace with demand under a new state law, taking effect May 29, that requires state child protective services agencies to investigate all child sex trafficking cases and provide services where needed.

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