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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 17, 2017 03:58 PM
From: Representative Joanna E. McClinton
To: All House members
Subject: Co-Sponsorship: Human Trafficking Awareness Curriculum Legislation
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would require middle and high schools to implement human trafficking awareness education into their existing health curriculums.

Human trafficking is one of the largest criminal industries in the world. 151 cases of human trafficking in Pennsylvania were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2016, a serious increase from the 90 reported in 2012. In addition, the hotline has seen a substantial increase in use—575 calls were made in 2016, compared to the 376 made in 2012. This data shows a correlation between the number of calls made and cases reported.

Education and awareness can result in a higher amount of reported cases. To that end, my legislation, which is modeled after Florida’s Senate Bill 286, would require schools to implement human trafficking information into their health curriculum, including the dangers and signs individuals can recognize, internet safety, and what students can do to help.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation to ensure our students can recognize the signs of human trafficking and help end this epidemic of crime persisting in our Commonwealth. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (717) 772-9850.

Introduced as HB1389