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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - On Tuesday a modification to Missouri House Bill 368 was introduced by State Representative Kevin Austin in addition to Senate Bill 211. Both changes add human trafficking victims to the states address confidentiality program known as “Safe at Home”.

The current list on the books includes rape, stalking and domestic violence victims. Survivor Katie Rhoades says keeping information concealed would help thousands move forward in the healing process. Rhoades was in Jefferson City as Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander and others discussed the change.

“A lot of times the punishment is extreme if you are caught by a trafficker. If you have that extra layer of protection to feel safe it can aid in your recovery.” Said Rhoades

At this point there appears to be bipartisan support of the modification. Right now more than 35 states have a safe at home program available. Action on the amendment is expected in August.

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