Rep. Steuerwald strengthens the laws against human trafficking
STATEHOUSE—Rep. Greg Steuerwald was pleased to see Gov. Mike Pence sign Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 509. SEA 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 Hoosier children,” said Rep. Steuerwald. “This law strengthens what is currently on the books to combat human trafficking, giving authorities an added and needed tool to fight back against these heinous 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.
SEA 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 Reps. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville), David Ober (R-Albion) and Justin Moed (D-Indianapolis).
“With human trafficking being the world’s second largest criminal activity, keeping the most vulnerable out of danger is vitally important to me. I will continue to work to make Indiana communities safer and be the best places to live, work and raise a family.” said Rep. Steuerwald.
Rep. Steuerwald (R-Avon) represents portions of Hendricks County. Rep. Steuerwald is Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Statutory Committee on Ethics and also serves on the Courts and Criminal Code Committee and Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee.