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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: October 3, 2019 01:49 PM
From: Representative Wendi Thomas
To: All House members
Subject: Recognizing January 2020 as "National Human Trafficking Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania
I will be introducing a resolution recognizing January 2020 as "National Human Trafficking Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania.

Human trafficking endangers the lives of millions of people around the world through domestic and transnational trafficking networks. It is a $150 billion global industry and one of the fastest growing criminal activities in the world.

Human trafficking is a systematic problem occurring in every county in the Commonwealth and all over the United States. The Joint State Government Commission of the Commonwealth has reported that Pennsylvania is a source and destination for human trafficking victims. Although strides have been made to bring awareness to the issue, more needs to be done to combat the perpetrators. It is our responsibility, morally and constitutionally, to protect the victims of this insidious crime.

It is imperative that we all learn more about this, realize that it is on the rise and that it does in fact happen here at home. We can’t stop this practice, but we can begin to educate those we serve and raise awareness so that we all have our eyes wide open to the potential danger.

Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation to stop modern day slavery.

Introduced as HR618