Negele: Committee to study ways to help human trafficking victims, law enforcement

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, September 11, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 11, 2018) — The Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code will meet Wednesday at the Statehouse to discuss ways to help law enforcement combat human trafficking, according to State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica).

Negele said the committee, on which she serves, will take a closer look at the pros and cons of having one point of contact for law enforcement, and whether one state agency should provide oversight and administer programs to help stop human trafficking in Indiana.

“Since 2007, there have been more than 400 cases of human trafficking in Indiana,” Negele said. “In order for us to combat this billion dollar industry and protect victims from further harm, it may be necessary to create one resource for law enforcement to go to when they think human trafficking may be involved. The better we are able to support law enforcement, the better we will be able to help victims and stop this atrocious crime.”

According to Negele, the committee will also examine programs to help adult victims of human trafficking, much like the Department of Child Services’ programs to help young victims.

The Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, in Room 233 at the Statehouse. Negele said the public is welcome to attend the meeting and testify.

Visit iga.in.gov for the meeting agenda and to watch the committee hearing live.

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State Rep. Sharon Negele represents House District 13, which includes all of Benton County, and portions 
of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.

A high-resolution photo of Negele can be found here.