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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: August 2, 2023 03:32 PM
From: Senator Doug Mastriano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Death Penalty for Convicted Human Traffickers of Children
In the near future, I will introduce legislation to allow juries to impose a death penalty against those convicted of trafficking in minors to sexual servitude.

The smash hit film “Sound of Freedom” has brought much needed increased national attention to the scourge of human trafficking in America.

According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Pennsylvania currently ranks within the top 10 states for most reported cases of human trafficking.

While the General Assembly has taken numerous actions in recent years to crack down on this heinous crime, there is still so much more we can do to punish those who have stolen the innocence of our children.

Under existing statute, convicted child traffickers may only receive a sentence of up to 40 years in prison.

My legislation will amend Title 18 and Title 42 to allow for the option of a death penalty sentence.

Victims who have had their lives stolen from them deserve justice and the peace of mind that their barbaric perpetrators are no longer on earth to possibly terrorize others.

God’s children are not for sale.

Please join me as a co-sponsor.

Introduced as SB983