Human Trafficking

In December 2018, the Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force released a report with numerous legislative recommendations. According to a 2016 study cited by the report, there are an estimated 79,000 minor and youth victims of human trafficking at any given time.

Senate Bill 20 which implements the Task Force report’s recommendations, including upgrading the offense of prostitution, making online promotion of prostitution a third-degree felony (with enhancers available), restricting the admissibility of the sexual history of the victim in prosecuting a person for any of numerous sex-related offenses, making it easier for victims of sex crimes to obtain orders of nondisclosure for the activities into which they were coerced, and providing for enhanced regulation of massage establishments, which are often fronts for trafficking operations, to name a few.