Two bills targeting sexual exploitation passed through the Louisiana Legislature Friday.
One would set policies for employers to detect victims of human trafficking, and the other would increase penalties for crimes involving prostitution.
Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, wrote the bill that would relate to the trafficking victims, including employees of sexually oriented businesses like stores selling sexual materials and businesses with live sexual performances.
The businesses would have to verify age and employment status of current and prospective employees and keep those records for three years. They also would need to have potential employees fill out questionnaires aimed at detecting victims of human trafficking.