Thursday, May 19, 2011 | 1:05 p.m.
CARSON CITY – Las Vegas Assemblyman John Hambrick said it’s “a great day” for women forced into prostitution who want to start a new life.
His comment came after Gov. Brian Sandoval today signed Assembly Bill 6, which would permit a woman used in human trafficking or prostitution to request a district court to erase her convictions.
Hambrick, a Republican, said it would help women who escape from their pimps but have to list their convictions when applying for a job. The bill, Hambrick said, gives those women “time to take a break and get on with their new life.”
The bill, which passed unanimously in both houses of the Legislature, had the support of church groups, law enforcement, women's rights organizations and Nevada’s legal brothel industry.
Hambrick said churches would help get the word out that women can be helped by the new law.
There was testimony to legislative committees that trafficking for prostitution is one of the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprises. Committees were told there were 5,000 arrests last year in Las Vegas for prostitution.