Morthland Passes Bill to Toughen laws against Human Trafficking Print
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Written by Rep. Rich Morthland   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:41
Springfield, IL…Yesterday, State Representative Rich Morthland’s (R-Cordova) bill on Human Trafficking passed the Illinois House on a vote of 82-32.

House Bill 5482 would make Class 1 felony of human trafficking or involuntary servitude convictions a non-probationary offense.  In metropolitan Chicago, 16,000 to 25,000 women and girls are involved in the commercial sex trade annually. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, because of its strategic location and importance, is considered a highly used transit location by traffickers to transport victims and disperse them as needed to other cities and states.

“We must be tough on crime,” Morthland stated. “Illinois remains a hub for human trafficking, especially in the Chicago area. With this bill we toughen our laws against human trafficking criminals.“

Currently, only Human Traffickers who are convicted of Class X Human Trafficking felonies are denied the possibility of parole. Because of the centrality and importance as a regional transportation hub, victims in many surrounding states are trafficked through Illinois. Apart from sexual exploitation, victims in Chicago are also trafficked for forced begging, domestic servitude, and forced labor.
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