Illinois House cracks down on human trafficking with new bill
SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois House passed Senate Bill 1890, which strengthens state law against human trafficking.
“Exploitation of women and children thrives in silence, which is why it’s critical that we speak up for those in need,” House speaker Michael J. Madigan said in a statement released Monday.
Madigan said the bill will extend civil and criminal statutes of limitations, which will give survivors time they need to come forward. In addition, the bill will create tougher penalties for traffickers and expand law enforcement officer training in identifying and disrupting trafficking rings.
“Ensuring communities are equipped to identify and responsibly respond to survivors of human trafficking and address exploitative practices is critical,” Kimberly Drew, the Heartland Alliance legislative advocacy director, said. “In standing with survivors to demand stronger protection, Speaker Madigan and the supporters of this legislation are showing real commitment to the fight to end human trafficking.”
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May 27, 2019 at 12:10PM