Human Trafficking

Overshadowed by the Budget
7:52 am
Wed July 9, 2014

New Legislation Redefines Human Trafficking

Special series: This week we're exploring legislative action taken recently in Harrisburg on important bills that were overshadowed by the passage of the state budget.

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Government & Politics
3:30 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Asset Forfeiture Powers Expanded in Human Trafficking Bill

Proposed legislation to tighten Pennsylvania’s law against human trafficking would also expand law enforcement’s ability to seize the assets of people accused of the crime.

Greg Rowe is with the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, which helped write the measure that passed the state Senate and is before the House.

He said it adds “trafficking of persons” to the list of activities that can subject someone’s property to seizure.  

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State Legislature
3:40 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Human Trafficking Legislation Introduced in Harrisburg

State Sen. Daylin Leach of eastern Pennsylvania is supporting two pieces of legislation designed to combat human trafficking in Pennsylvania.  

Leach said too often, minors are arrested for prostitution and treated as criminals when they are, in fact, victims.  

"They're forced into doing this by pimps and traffickers, yet the pimps and traffickers are never there when the person's arrested," Leach said. "So we charge the young lady and she has a criminal record, and she has to deal with that, whereas the person who's actually responsible faces no consequences."

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