Thursday, May 30, 2013

Conroy hails bill cracking down on prostitution, human trafficking

HARTFORD - State Rep. Theresa Conroy, D-Seymour, hailed House passage of legislation (HB 5666) that strengthens the state’s human trafficking and prostitution laws.

“Prostitution is not a victimless crime,” Conroy said. “Every year women and children are forced into the meat grinder that is the sex industry. This legislation targets those that profit from prostitution and hits them in the wallet.”

According to the state’s Permanent Commission of the Status of Women, the state identified 100 human trafficking victims between 2008 and 2011 – 82 were children and all were female.

The Commission's executive director, Teresa Younger said, “We applaud the members of the House on their passing of an enlightened piece of public policy that strengthens the laws on the books and sends a very clear message about how seriously Connecticut takes the deplorable crime of human trafficking.”

This bill closes a loophole in current law (Public Act 10-112) that establishes a civil forfeiture procedure for seize tainted funds and property from sexual offenses. 
The law currently does not include prostitution and promoting prostitution on the list of offenses that would trigger a forfeiture of funds or property. 

The legislation increases criminal penalties for anyone hiring persons under the age of 18 for sex, makes it easier to convict the perpetrators of human trafficking and allows the courts to vacate criminal convictions involving victims of trafficking.

This information is taken from a press release from Conroy's office.


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