Jun 02
State Representative John W. Scibak today joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in unanimously passing legislation aimed at fighting human trafficking in the Commonwealth. The bill creates crimes for human trafficking offenses such as trafficking persons for sexual servitude and trafficking persons for forced services. “Our primary job as elected officials is to secure the safety of folks across the Commonwealth,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo said. “No one should have to experience the horrors of being sold into a life of exploitation. This anti-human trafficking legislation will help our law enforcement officials crack down on instances of this unconscionable practice in Massachusetts.” “This bill will give our law enforcement professionals the tools needed to address human trafficking offenses in Massachusetts,” said Representative Eugene L. O’Flaherty, House Chairman of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. “The passing of this bill by the House is an important step towards eradicating Human Trafficking in our Commonwealth,” said Attorney General Martha Coakley. “The fact remains that people of all backgrounds are being exploited for sexual servitude and labor right in our own backyard. We remain one of four states without a law against human trafficking, and we hope this bill will finally change that. We commend the House leadership, especially Speaker DeLeo and Chairman O’Flaherty, for sending a strong message that this brutal exploitation will not be tolerated.”