During the 2016 legislative session, House Republicans placed a special emphasis on enacting policies promoting greater public safety for Hoosiers. Combating the threats that face us right here at home is something those on both sides of the aisle can work toward. One of these threats, human trafficking, is unfortunately the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world. Several new Indiana laws focus on combating this heinous crime.
One new law requires an individual found guilty of promoting the trafficking of a minor to register as a sex offender on the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry. The Indiana Department of Correction and police officers across the state monitor the database to track offenders to ensure they are not breaking the law once released.
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, this past session produced legislation that allows the Department of Child Services to intervene and serve children who are victims of human trafficking.
Continuing to improve Indiana’s public safety will remain a top priority. In addition to combating human trafficking, other laws recently took effect that aim to keep Indiana a safe place for parents to raise their children.
One of those new laws, for example, seeks to protect children conceived as the result of rape by allowing mothers to request the termination of the rapist’s parental rights. We also increased penalties for criminals convicted of child exploitation and pornography crimes. In addition, the General Assembly earlier this year ensured the names and records of individuals convicted of child abuse must be posted in an online registry maintained by the state court system. It can be used as a go-to resource for parents vetting prospective babysitters and other service providers.
As we continue to find ways to keep Indiana a safe place for all, please contact me with questions or input at 317-232-9793 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/h74.
State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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