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[s49] Sens. Waterman, Tomes: Bill to Toughen Indiana’s Laws Against Human Trafficking Headed to Governor’s Desk
Start Date: 3/25/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/26/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE (March 25, 2013) — Legislation authored by State Sens. John Waterman (R-Shelburn) and Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) to better protect young Hoosiers from human trafficking passed the House of Representatives today by a 93-0 vote and now heads to the governor’s desk for final approval.

Waterman said he introduced Senate Bill 509 to close a loophole in Indiana’s human-trafficking statute. The law currently makes it illegal to arrange for someone younger than 16 to participate in prostitution. SB 509 would expand this legal protection to all Hoosiers younger than 18, and would cover any performance of a sexual nature, not just prostitution.

“When our human trafficking law was originally drafted, certain protections only extended to individuals younger than 16, which is the age of consent in Indiana,” Waterman said. “From my experiences serving as a sheriff, I can tell you the consent of a 16- or 17-year-old being used for the heinous purpose of forced labor or prostitution is irrelevant. Our young Hoosiers deserve to be protected under all circumstances from such appalling crimes.”

Tomes said SB 509 builds off a law passed in 2012 to combat human trafficking.

“While last year’s efforts certainly took crucial steps to crack down on human trafficking in Indiana, it’s become clear that there is more we can do as a state to guard Hoosier children from these unthinkable crimes,” Tomes said. “I am grateful to see such strong support from the General Assembly to make sure our state is among the toughest fighters of human trafficking.”

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Contact Information:
Name: Whitney Moorman
Phone: 317-232-7184
Email: wmoorman@iga.in.gov
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