|Posted:||December 3, 2020 09:39 AM|
|From:||Senator Kim L. Ward|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Adding Sex Traffickers to Megan's Law Registry|
|I am re-introducing legislation to subject offenders convicted of any sex trafficking-related offenses to Megan’s Law Registry. This was Senate Bill 136 of last session.
Pennsylvania had the 7th highest rate of human trafficking reports in 2017. According to a U.S. Department of Justice report from the same year, most defendants in the FBI’s human trafficking cases had prior criminal records, and they were prone to recidivism. The Megan’s Law Registry has proven to be a deterrent to subsequent sexual offenses committed by those who are on it.
However, the Commonwealth only currently requires offenders convicted of trafficking minors to be registered under Megan’s Law. It is classified as a Tier II Sexual Offense and requires a 25 year registration.
My legislation will amend Title 42 to classify the following convictions relating to human trafficking as tiered sexual offenses subject to registration:
I hope you join me in trying to address the growing problem of sex trafficking within our state and communities by co-sponsoring this legislation.
Introduced as SB118