Trafficking Victims During the Pandemic

Submitted by Monica Schultz

On August 24, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos created the Task Force on Human Trafficking. This Task Force was directed to explore innovative solutions to combat human trafficking through prevention, supporting and empowering survivors, and prosecuting traffickers, with the goal of creating a society where the safety and well-being of every person are paramount and where exploitation has no place. The Task Force focused primarily on sex trafficking. Based on information and recommendations received at four public hearings across the State, the Task Force recommends 11 bill drafts, which are organized by the following categories: (1) prevention of and coordination to address human trafficking; (2) accountability of traffickers; and (3) support to human trafficking victims. More information to follow when the bills are actually sponsored by legislators and brought forward for action.