Boston, MA. Today, the Senate has passed S.2444, An Act to strengthen the anti-human trafficking law sponsored by Rules Chairman Senator Mark C. Montigny (D-New Bedford). The bill seeks to impose increased protections for survivors of human trafficking while providing tools for public awareness, data reporting and training for law enforcement, court personnel, health professionals and educators.
Human trafficking is a vicious crime and modern day version of slavery that has little understanding amongst the general public both locally and globally. Many victims are vulnerable women or children with very few financial resources lured into trafficking with false promises of economic opportunity and prosperity.
Victims are forced into the commercial sex trade or involuntary labor services, fearing that they will suffer serious penalties to themselves or their families if they resist. Meanwhile traffickers recoup billions of dollars in profits, making human trafficking the second-largest and fastest growing black market in the world. The epidemic is prevalent throughout the United States, infiltrating communities across Massachusetts.
“The horrendous crime of human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that affects mostly women and children. This bill strengthens the human trafficking law that the legislature passed in 2011 by closing a loophole in the law and offering more tools to help the victims of human trafficking,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “I thank Senator Montigny for his work and advocacy on this important piece of legislation.”