Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania
As Lutherans, we have a commitment to work for the end of human trafficking and to increase the support for victims. Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some tpe of labor or commercial sex act. A package of bills has been introduced in the Pennsylvania State Senate that would further define the rights of trafficking victims and increase the penalties and restrictions on those convicted of human trafficking.
More that 300 human trafficking cases were reported last year in Pennsylvania and Maryland combined. Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hot line has received more than 3,700 human trafficking-related calls from Pennsylvania. The average age a child is forced into sex slavery is 12 years old.
This legislation continues to shed light on a crime that is often under-reported and unrecognized. Pennsylvania is ranked 10th in the nation in terms of individuals being trafficked. Contact your senator today and help eradicate human trafficking!
Dear [Decision Maker],
I'm writing to ask you to support the recently introduced package of human trafficking bills that includes HB 161; HB 2174; HB 2175; HB 2176; and HB 2177. -- HB 161 reclassifies the trafficking of infants to a first-degree felony. -- HB 2174 prohibits defendants from using a human trafficking victim's past sexual victimization and allegations of past sexual victimization as "evidence" in any prosecution related to human trafficking.-- HB2175 expands the list of offenses where an expert may testify about the dynamics of sexual violence and victim responses to sexual violence.-- HB 2176 strengthens current law by adding certain prohibited activities that, if committed, constitute the crime of unlawful contact with a minor. -- HB 2177 expands the list of sexual offenses requiring offenders to attend and participate in a Department of Corrections program of counseling and therapy designed for incarcerated sex offenders. -- HB 2178 requires the courts to consider whether a party or member of that party's household has been convicted of human trafficking prior to awarding child custody to that party.Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received more than 3,700 human-trafficking related calls from Pennsylvania. More than 300 cases were reported last year in Pennsylvania and Maryland combined. Trafficking operations and their victims have been found across the Commonwealth -- from rural communities to small towns, suburbs and our cities. The average age of a child who is entered into trafficking is 12 years old.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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