Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-In 2019, Pennsylvania experienced the fourth criminal trafficking case in the United States. In response to this pressing issue, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed a bill package that provides additional protection for victims and facilitates the prosecution of traffickers.
Trafficking refers to recruiting, transporting, moving, detaining, or receiving people by force, fraud, or fraud for forced labor or sexual exploitation.
The crime often targets women and children and is the second largest criminal organization in the world.
The House-approved bill package includes:
- House building 231: Trafficking of minors for sexual slavery or abuse on the charge of illegal contact with minors
- House building 246: Prohibits trafficking defendants from using victims’ past sexual damage or allegations as evidence
- House building 580: Experts can testify in court about the dynamics of sexual slavery and other child sexual abuse crimes.
- House building 753: The classification of infant trafficking changes from misdemeanor to first-class felony.
- House building 843: Trafficking crimes add to the list of convictions that influence a child’s custody decision
- House building 1096: Flexibility of victims to file proceedings in their place of residence or where the breach occurred
- House building 1130: Traffickers involved in sexual slavery must register under the Sex Criminal Registration and Notification Act.
- House building 1147: If you are convicted of trafficking, including sexual slavery or sexual abuse of minors, you will need correctional counseling or therapy.
The bill will be sent to the Senate for further consideration.
If you or someone you know is a victim of trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888) or text 233733.
Pennsylvania Approves Bill to Protect Trafficking Victims | News
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