January 11th is International Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Posted on January 11, 2022


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I just wanted you to know that today is INTERNATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS DAY.

Human trafficking is abhorrent in any form, and strengthening state law to put an end to these abuses was one of my top priorities in the legislature last year, where I was proud to work with my colleagues to help draft and amend House Bill 6657 “An Act Concerning Human Trafficking” that, in addition to other things:

  • Provides human trafficking victims the ability to have certain convictions vacated if the crime was committed as a result of being a victim of human trafficking;
  • Broadens the crimes of “sex trafficking,” “patronizing a prostitute,” and “commercial sexual abuse of a minor” to include taking these actions in exchange for anything of value, instead of only for money;
  • Mandates a study of how online traffickers use the internet to groom minors to be trafficked and exploited, making recommendations to the Judiciary Committee on how to combat online grooming;
  • Extends the Department of Children and Families (DCF) training in human trafficking awareness requirement to EMS personnel

The billed passed the House unanimously, and was signed into law by the governor as Public Act 21-103.  A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this legislation possible, including the co-chair of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Stafstrom, for his commitment to this legislation and the victims it aims to help.