For immediate release:
April 28, 2015
STATEHOUSE - Indiana House and Senate members have agreed on a revised version of legislation that will heighten awareness of human trafficking. State Rep. Christina Hale (D-Indianapolis) co-sponsored the bill, which is now advancing to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for final legislative action.
Senate Bill 532 establishes the Human Trafficking prevention and Victim Assistance Fund to support human trafficking victim services and prevention programs. Law enforcement will be authorized to seize a person’s property, including a vehicle, which was used to participate in human trafficking or promote prostitution.
“Prostitution and human trafficking undeniably cause lasting trauma for victims,” Hale said. “Anyone who viciously exploits children, women or men through the forced labor or sex trade deserves to lose any personal property used to carry out these heinous assaults on the human population.
Under SB 532, establishments that provide adult entertainment and serve alcohol would have to post human trafficking awareness posters on the premises and document employees’ proof of age and legal residency. The employees would also have to sign a document acknowledging their awareness of human trafficking.
“This legislation is a step in sending the message that Indiana will not tolerate human trafficking of any kind,” explained Hale. “Every time we save someone from violent sex trafficking is a victory.”