Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes and the second-largest criminal industry in the world. Unfortunately, Indiana is not immune to this illegal activity. Several new laws were recently enacted to combat this form of slavery where criminals profit from the control and exploitation of others.
Almost every month, a new human trafficking investigation is opened by law enforcement in Indiana and over 100 trafficking tips were reported in 2014 alone. One new law requires an individual to register as a sex offender on the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry if found guilty of promoting the trafficking of a minor. The Indiana Department of Correction and police officers across the state are able to monitor the database and track offenders.
Sometimes, a person can knowingly profit from human trafficking crimes and not be physically present. For example, a person who allows criminals to use their building for trafficking purposes should also be prosecuted. Another law enacted this year increases penalties for individuals profiting from human trafficking and those who knowingly visit places in violation of human trafficking laws.
In addition, a new policy tasks the Department of Child Services to intervene and serve children who are victims of human trafficking. This will help victims receive the support it takes to rebuild from these experiences.
Public safety remains a top priority. These new laws will help maintain Indiana cities and towns as great places for people to raise their families.
The safety of all Hoosiers will be a topic for lawmakers going into the next legislative session. Input from constituents is vital as we consider new laws on behalf of Hoosiers. Please contact me with questions or ideas at 317-232-9753 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h73.
Rep. Steve Davisson represents parts of Washington, Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.
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