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Mon October 24, 2011

Senator Wants to Make Reporting Human Trafficking Easier

The Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline number would be posted in a lot more public places in Pennsylvania if State Senator Daylin Leach's (D-Montgomery, Delaware Counties) measure is approved by the legislature.

Senate Bill 338 would require the posting of the number in establishments with liquor licenses, massage parlors, spas, hotels and motels, places of transit, and adult entertainment clubs.

Leach says human trafficking is an incredibly inhumane act.

"12.3 million men women and children are trafficked around the world today. This is the equivalent of human slavery, modern slavery," Leach said.

The 24/7 toll-free hotline (1-888-373-7888) is a resource for anyone to report suspicious activity that may be related to human trafficking, but less than two percent of last year's 11,000 calls came from Pennsylvania. Leach says that even without this legislation, it's important that Pennsylvanians begin taking a stand.

"If constituents of mine want to get involved, my office is a member of the Montgomery County Anti-Trafficking Coalition, we welcome new members and we welcome help," Leach said. "We all read in the paper the horrible cases all the time of the victims of human trafficking, it's time for the people of Pennsylvania to start doing something about it."