Gov. Mike Beebe has signed legislation that toughens the state's anti-human trafficking law.
The new law offers protections for victims, including a right to sue their abductors. The law also creates new penalties for anyone who knowingly patronizes a prostitute who is a human trafficking victim.
Also under the law, the attorney general will now be allowed to create a task force to suggest other ways to address human trafficking.
A national group last year called Arkansas 1 of the "faltering four" states in terms of legislation to protect victims of human trafficking.
Law enforcement officials said that although the state has had a human trafficking law on the books since 2005, but no one has ever been arrested under the statute.
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