I haven’t posted on human trafficking for a while; so, when I got an email today with an update on 2010 trafficking legislationg, I thought I should share. Here is what it said:
I wanted to share some exciting news with you. So far this year a total of 25 human trafficking-related state bills have passed! There are several significant milestones. Here are just a few of them:
- Alabama enacted its first-ever law criminalizing human trafficking. There are now 44 states with an anti-trafficking crime on the books!
- Washington and Connecticut enacted laws that largely eliminate criminal responsibility for prostitution on the part of child victims of sex trafficking. A similar bill passed the Illinois legislature yesterday!
- The Vermont Governor signed the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and Research Commission Bill!
- Three states, including Maryland, Washington, and Oregon enacted laws requiring posting information about the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline.
Click here for a full report of the summary of state laws and legislative activity from January through May 21 of this year. Some legislatures are still in session so stay tuned! For a full list of legislative successes please click here.