Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sex-Trafficking in Massachusetts

These are excepts from the Boston Globe article on Martha Coakley's pressure on the human trafficking bill in the Commonwealth. To read it in entirety, click here.

"Attorney General Martha Coakley called today for passage of legislation that would make human trafficking for sex or labor a crime in Massachusetts, saying the state should follow the example of 46 other states that already have such laws.

If the bill becomes law, trafficking for sexual servitude would be punishable by up to 20 years in prison, while trafficking for forced labor would be punishable by up to 15 years. The bill would impose higher penalties for those who exploit anyone under 18, and for so-called 'johns' or people who pay for sex. It would also create a task force within the attorney general's office to study human trafficking."

This is great news to hear, especially the setting up of a task force to study human trafficking. This and education is much needed to combat sex-trafficking. This is something that I will continue to follow the development of, due to my desire to one day work with an office like this in persecuting the perpetrators .

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