Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield to help combat human trafficking was approved by the Senate this week.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Jean Stanfield to help combat human trafficking was approved by the Senate. (Pixabay)
The bipartisan bill also sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal (D-11), S-356, disqualifies any person convicted of human trafficking from operating a commercial motor vehicle. The measure was endorsed by the Senate with a vote of 39-0.
“Human trafficking is a heinous crime that is conducted in the shadows of every region of our nation,” said Stanfield (R-8). “Box trucks, 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles are often used to secretly shuttle victims to new towns or across state lines.
“It is imperative that as legislators we do more to protect the victims. This legislation will help prevent convicted traffickers from climbing back into truck cabs and transporting more victims into the hopelessness of the sex trade,” Stanfield said.
The sex trade lures vulnerable victims, mostly women of all ages who can become trapped in a dangerous web. Trucks and truck stops play a significant role in sustaining the illegal billion dollar industry.
According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, networks of traffickers frequently move their victims from city to city, “controlling them through confinement and complicated debt bondage schemes.”
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