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ILLINOIS STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 22: Statement from Speaker Madigan on Signing of Anti-Human Trafficking Bill

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By Press release submission | Jun 25, 2019


Illinois State House District 22 issued the following announcement on June 20.

Speaker Michael J. Madigan released the following statement Thursday regarding the signing of Senate Bill 1890, which strengthens state law against human trafficking:

“Exploitation of women and children thrives in silence. This new law provides needed resources to disrupt human trafficking rings and help survivors make their voices heard, and it is my hope that it also serves to raise awareness of this often underreported crime.

“This law offers survivors the time they need to come forward by extending both the civil and criminal statutes of limitations for human trafficking; it gives our police officers the tools they need to bring predators to justice by expanding training law enforcement officials need to identify and disrupt trafficking, sex trade and involuntary servitude rings; and it ensures those who exploit others pay the price, by creating tough new penalties on the disreputable businesses that benefit from human trafficking.”

The following can be attributed to Gov. J.B. Pritzker:

“Human trafficking is a scourge, and this critical legislation will prevent more women and children from being victimized and give survivors more time to seek justice. I applaud Speaker Madigan and House Democrats for working hard to advance the fight against human trafficking and exploitation, and I’m proud to make Illinois a place that stands up for women and children.”

The following can be attributed to Carrie Ward, Executive Director of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault:

“This legislation is crucial as Illinois works to end sex trafficking. Illinois rape crisis centers see firsthand the harm sex trafficking has on women and children in our communities. It is important that our state continue to increase awareness about human trafficking and improve services to victims. Thank you to Speaker Madigan for helping lead this effort.”

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