State Rep. Teresa Fedor is pleased to announce that House Bill 262 was unanimously passed out of the House Judiciary and Ethics committee and will be on the house floor for a vote soon.
“We’ve continued our efforts to apply a victim-centered approach. Human trafficking is an awful crime that has become a disturbing reality in communities across our state. This is a problem that deserves our immediate attention. The time to take action is now, we must protect the victims of these heinous acts of human slavery and stop the individuals that are the benefactors of this underground criminal network,” said Rep. Fedor.
“House Bill 262 not only creates a safe haven for the victims of human trafficking, but also goes after the offenders that profit and engage in this criminal activity. We must ensure that strict laws are in place to deter and punish this type of crime.”
The legislation puts in place healthcare services for victims of human trafficking as well as keeps them from being prosecuted for prostitution.