INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 26, 2016) – The House of Representatives voted unanimously today in support of State Rep. Wendy McNamara’s (R-Evansville) proposal creating harsher punishments for human traffickers.
“The despicable actions of human traffickers attacking the innocence of our children require action and addition to the Sex and Violent Offender Registry,” McNamara said. “This allows us to address sex and human trafficking, which is the second largest crime in the world.”
If enacted, HB 1199 would require traffickers, who are arrested and sentenced, to register as sex offenders on the Sex and Violent Offender Registry. The Indiana Department of Correction and police officers across the state monitor the database. After serving their time, they would be placed in either a community transition program, a community corrections program or probation, and would be required to register as a sex offender for either 10 years or a lifetime.
“Any individual who has been convicted of this form of criminal action will be put on the registry and closely monitored so that we can help prevent these individuals who commit these heinous crimes from victimizing others,” McNamara said.
HB 1199 will now move to the Senate for further consideration.
Rep. McNamara (R-Evansville) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.
NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Click here to download a high-definition, on camera interview with Rep. McNamara regarding HB 1199.