Human Trafficking

Legislation designed to combat human trafficking in Missouri is on its way to Gov. Eric Greitens.

The bill would require airports, bus and train stations, hospital emergency rooms, strip clubs, and any business with prior citations for prostitution to display posters that contain a national hotline number. Republican Bob Onder of Lake St. Louis sposoned the bill in the Senate. 

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Authorities shut down 13 Springfield businesses Thursday believed involved in human trafficking. The joint investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Springfield Police Department is part of broader efforts in Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana in attempts to bring down a single trafficking ring.

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson, and Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams announced the action in a joint statement.