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"Hazel's Law" protects minors in human trafficking

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Representative Juan Vargas will introduce his first bill, the Child Protection Act of 2013, to Congress on Tuesday.

Also known as "Hazel's Law," the bill is based on a San Diego case that was delayed while the prosecution struggled to prove that a human trafficker knew his victim was a minor.

Now prosecutors don't have to prove knowledge of age. If the victim was a minor at the time of abduction, they will be tried accordingly.

Hazel, the woman for whom the law was named, is a San Diegan who was abducted and sold into a human trafficking ring as a teen. She shared the message for others like her.

"I would let them know that they can get out. They can recover. There is something better for them. And they are not victims. They are not destroyed. There is a life for them," Hazel said.

The man who sold Hazel was recently sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

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