Errington celebrates passage of anti-human trafficking legislation in House, applauds local advocacy

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INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) yesterday celebrated the passage of House Bill 1081, which combats human trafficking in Indiana, and applauded Delaware Circuit Court 2 Judge Kimberly Dowling for her assistance in the effort to end human trafficking in Indiana.

House Bill 1081 enhances protections for human trafficking survivors and increases criminal penalties for traffickers.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline ranked Indiana as 21st in the nation for the highest reports of human trafficking as of December 2020, with a total of 514 reports of suspected human trafficking incidents.

Errington joined 92 other members of the House of Representatives in its unanimous vote of support for House Bill 1081.

“Human trafficking occurs in all 92 Indiana counties, including Delaware County,” Errington said.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Judge Dowling for lending her voice and expertise to the fight to end human trafficking. I am proud to see advocates from Muncie stepping up to help the state of Indiana as a whole. Ending human trafficking in Indiana takes all of us.”

House Bill 1081 will now move to the Senate for consideration.

If you suspect someone may be a victim of human trafficking, please report it to your local law enforcement or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-800-373-7888.

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