|March 17, 2021 10:16 AM
|Representative Craig Williams
|All House members
|Requiring Sexual Offender Registration for Those Convicted of Human Trafficking for Sexual Servitude
|I will be introducing legislation to ensure that human traffickers who subject their victims to sexual servitude are required to register under the state’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).
Human trafficking hides in the shadows, but its impacts are vile, dangerous and devastating for families in our Commonwealth. Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received more than 3,700 human trafficking-related calls from Pennsylvania. Those calls resulted in the creation of 900 active cases with more than 800 of those cases categorized with high level indicators of human trafficking. More than 300 human trafficking cases were reported last year alone in Pennsylvania and Maryland combined. The average age a child is forced into sex slavery through human trafficking is 12 years old. These cases, which often go unreported or underreported, are found not just in Philadelphia and Allegheny County, but also in areas such as York, Lancaster, Harrisburg, State College, Erie, Williamsport, Altoona, Allentown and along all of the major transportation corridors of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania has made major efforts to combat human trafficking, especially through the enactment of an entire chapter of the Crimes Code dedicated to eradicating this scourge.
But when the new human trafficking law was enacted, those new criminal offenses were not incorporated into SORNA. My bill will simply add those human trafficking offenses that concern sexual servitude into SORNA, requiring registration as sex offenders for those convicted of said offenses. Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as HB1130