|Posted:||January 14, 2021 11:16 AM|
|From:||Representative Barry J. Jozwiak|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Increase Grading for Trafficking of Infants|
|Human trafficking and protecting children in Pennsylvania has been a focal point of the legislature in recent sessions. That is why I intend to reintroduce House Bill 161 from last session, which reclassifies the offense of trafficking of infants as a first-degree felony. It is currently a first-degree misdemeanor.
In 2006, the legislature amended our Crimes Code to create the offense of “trafficking of persons”. Under current law, an individual who engages in human trafficking by recruiting, harboring, transporting or providing persons to engage in “forced labor or services” may be charged with a felony of the second degree, or, if the victim was under 18, a felony of the first degree. Infants, or course are incapable of being forced to engage in labor or services, so would not be subject to the enhanced felony of the first-degree grading for the human trafficking of minors. I believe those who traffic in infants should be subject to that same felony of the first-degree grading.
My legislation will amend Title 18 to build on Pennsylvania’s commitment to respond to the human tragedy that is brought about by human trafficking. I hope you will join me in sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as HB753