EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Monday is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and Indiana State Representative Wendy McNamara has authored a new bill that could help victims of human trafficking.
It’s called House Bill 1200.
McNamara tells us this bill if passed, could fill some of the gaps in the legal process for human trafficking victims.
Many of those victims are children, and McNamara says this bill would modify the definition of a “protected person” for those less than 14 years old, allowing more time to process what happened for purposes of an admission statement or videotape from those individuals.
It also would require law enforcement agencies to report human trafficking investigations to the attorney general within 30 days to help with identifying possible human trafficking rings that could be operating.
“The more people that are aware, the more people that are paying attention and recognize that it does exist in our community,” explained McNamara. “So that they can speak out and say that this is unacceptable and that we want to do everything we can to eradicate it in the state of Indiana.”
McNamara tells 14 News she hopes to that the bill will pass through the house within the next few weeks.