Senator Morgan bill would require posting human trafficking assistance signs
STATE HOUSE — Sen. Elaine J. Morgan, (R-Dist. 34, Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich), has introduced legislation that would require contact information for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center be posted at truck stops and other “targeted establishments.”
“We have seen far too many cases of human trafficking in Rhode Island and the New England corridor,” Senator Morgan said. “I am continuing in my efforts to provide resources for victims of human trafficking.”
Morgan said Senate bill (2017-S 421) would require that signage stating “if you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave- whether it is commercial sex, housework, farm work, or any other activity – call the National Human Trafficking Resources Center Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 to access help and services.” The signs would be posted in transportation stations, rest areas and welcome centers. Targeted establishments could also include massage parlors, spas, strip clubs and other sexually-oriented businesses.
“I’m hopeful that providing this kind of resource will provide much-needed help to those who are being victimized,” Morgan said. The legislation now is scheduled to be heard before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the rise of the Senate on Tuesday, March 7 in Room 313.
According to the Rhode Island Commission on Women, there are more than 30 suspected and alleged sex trafficking brothels in Rhode Island. Traffickers target at-risk teens who are attempting to escape abusive living situations. The United Nations estimates between 18,000-24,000 people are trafficked in America every year.
For more information, contact:
Katie Haughey Cardoza, Senate Minority Office
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903