According to TheMissouriTimes.com Missouri State Representative-Elect Jean Evans, R-Manchester, has proposed a new bill to raise the age of marriage with parental consent in Missouri from the current 15 to 17 years of age.
The rational behind the bill is that sex traffickers can come to Missouri and marry 15, 16, and 17-year-olds and push them into human trafficking. No evidence is given in the article to the actual statistics on the incidence of this issue.
TheNorthlandNews.com has published several articles over the last year on the topic of human trafficking. Northland Missouri State Representative Kevin Corlew has also taken an interest in this issue as he supported legislation to start the human trafficking task force.
Regardless of the stats and the more serious discussion of human trafficking, this is an interesting discussion to have. No American can deny that getting married at 15-17 in 2016 is far different than getting married at that age in say 1966.
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