The Senate Finance Committee approved legislation that would empower the Internal Revenue Service to hit sex traffickers with major fines and lengthy prison sentences for failing to file employment paperwork and withhold taxes for the women and girls under their command.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and chairman of the tax-writing Senate committee brought the proposal forward. "It's a no-brainer to have the IRS go after sex traffickers," he said, in a statement. "Prosecuting tax code violations can get these guys off the street and yank from their grasp the girls and women they exploit."

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