Legislation proposed to stop human trafficking

28.02.2011 15:25

February 24, 2011 11:46 AM

Montigny's bill, SD 31, would do the following:

* Makes human trafficking a crime, including involuntary servitude, trafficking persons for forced labor or services, sexual servitude and establishes enhanced penalties for the forced labor, sexual servitude, and kidnapping of children.

* Establishes severe penalties for this type of illegal activity; including sentencing enhancements if there has been bodily injury or death to a victim.

* Establishes a trust fund for the victims of Human trafficking through fines and penalties and by allowing law enforcement to seek the forfeiture of assets of the traffickers.

* Allows for the courts to order restitution to the victims of Human trafficking and law enforcement to bring forfeiture actions against the trafficker to seize any profits or assets that they received or procured as a result of their illegal activities.

* Establishes a civil cause of action for the victim of human trafficking and establishes civil liability for any business entity that participates in human trafficking.

* Mandates that law enforcement assist victims in obtaining "T" and "U" visas for their safety and protection.

* Establishes safe houses for victims, the right to compensation and medical benefits for child victims, and mandates appropriate services from state agencies.

* Makes the trafficking of human organs a crime.

* Applies rape shield to victims of human trafficking.

* Creates a task force that is charged with: collecting information on human trafficking in the commonwealth, identifying programs and areas of assistance for victims, educating law enforcement officials and the public about human trafficking, and analyzing state laws and recommending stronger laws.

In addition to endorsing legislation, AG Coakley has announced the creation of a Human Trafficking Strike Force in her office. The Strike Force consists of staff from the AG's Business and Labor, Criminal, Public Protection and Advocacy, and Executive Bureaus. This strike force is tasked with coordinating the efforts of the office and working to combat human trafficking by increasing prosecutions, educating the general public, training and coordinating with other law enforcement, and seeking out resources to assist and support victims. .




Debbie Marulanda



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Helping victims of human trafficking is as simple as talking to a friend. Host an event and invite the community to discuss the exploitation of human beings. At this campaign, we are eager to spread the word and we'd like to talk at any community event about human trafficking and victim identification.

For more information, contact us at debbie.marulanda@gmail.com


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PDF Format

-Trafficking in Persons Report 2016 -- Complete Report (PDF)
-Introductory Material (PDF)
-Country Narratives: A-C (PDF)
-Country Narratives: D-I (PDF)
-Country Narratives: J-M (PDF)
-Country Narratives: N-S (PDF)
-Country Narratives: T-Z and Special Case (PDF)
-Relevant International Conventions/Closing Material (PDF)




These are some of the things you can do to help fight human trafficking:

Be informed! Educate yourself about human trafficking by reading about it. Follow events in the news. Keep your eyes open - human trafficking is happening all around us.

Raise awareness! Talk to friends, family and colleagues. You could even start talking to your local politicians and authorities.

Get involved! Participate in an anti-trafficking movement in your area and get involved in its activities and campaigns (e.g. hold events, distribute posters, leaflets etc.) in your neighborhood and in schools.

Encourage businesses! Be a responsible consumer! Inform yourself on the labour policies of companies to ensure their products are free from slave labour and other forms of exploitation. If possible, buy fair trade products.

Seek support! If you suspect that someone has been trafficked report it to the institutions or assistance facilities dealing with human trafficking in your area.


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"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery."

– President Barack OBAMA


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