ABC 12 Coverage: Missouri Legislator Hopes to Put a Stop to Human Trafficking with New Marriage Bill

JOPLIN, Mo. - According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Missouri is the 20th highest state for human trafficking cases. And, a new Missouri state representative is setting out to change that number.

"What we hope to do is to stop the flow of traffickers coming to our state to marry off 15- and 16-year-olds to abusers," explained State Representative Jean Evans.

Evans has filed House Bill 270 which aims to change the legal consent age when it comes to marriage.