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AP — A state lawmaker who has fought for years to restrict human trafficking in Nebraska is now trying to hit traffickers in the wallet with a proposed sales tax on dating and escort services.

The bill introduced last week would eliminate a sales tax exemption for the services, which include legitimate dating websites as well as businesses that act as a front for prostitution and human trafficking. Money generated from the tax would go into an existing state fund to help pay for housing, therapy, health care and other services for human trafficking survivors.

Patty Pansing Brooks, of Lincoln.

The tax exemption for escort services has been in places for decades, and its origins are unclear. Nebraska generally taxes goods that are sold but does not tax services, although there are dozens of exceptions carved into state law, according to the state Department of Revenue.

She pointed to the case of Al Capone, the notorious Prohibition-era Chicago gangster who went to prison for tax evasion. The bill could face resistance, however, from conservatives who have promised to fight any potential tax increase.

The governor has laid out no tax increases as one of the principles for his budget. Lawmakers could debate a related bill as early as Tuesday, when they return to the Capitol.

The measure by Sen. Nebraska has enacted a series of laws since to increase penalties for traffickers, encourage victims to work with law prostitution in omaha and provide special training to people who are likely to encounter victims, such as hotel and truck stop workers. Joekel said services are also important because they may encourage victims to work with law enforcement in the prosecution of their traffickers. Nebraska could tax escort services to hit human traffickers.

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