Gov. Pence signs human trafficking update into law
STATEHOUSE—Gov. Mike Pence signed Senate Bill (SB) 509 into law today. SB 509, co-sponsored by Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Indianapolis), will give authorities the ability to investigate human trafficking cases of a child less than 18 years old.
“It is imperative we do everything we can to insure the safety of our children,” said Rep. Steuerwald. “SB 509 strengthens Indiana’s current laws against human trafficking, giving authorities the tools needed to fight back against these crimes.”
Current law provided that a person who recruits, harbors or transports a child less than 16 years of age with the purpose of engaging the child in forced labor, prostitution, sexual conduct or involuntary servitude commits the promotion of human trafficking of a minor.
SB 509 will update Indiana’s laws concerning the trafficking of minors to align with most other states and federal law. The legislation will increase the child’s age that authorities can investigate from below 16 years of age to 18.
Along with Rep. Steuerwald, sponsors of the bill in the House were Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville), Rep. David Ober (R-Albion) and Rep. Justin Moed (D-Indianapolis).
“With human trafficking the world’s second largest criminal activity, keeping Indiana children from that danger is imperative. I will continue to work to make Indiana communities safer through vetted legislation.” said Rep. Steuerwald.