Stopping Human Trafficking In New Jersey [AUDIO]
The New Jersey Assembly has unanimously approved the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection and Treatment Act.
The measure enhances penalties for perpetrators, it holds landlords accountable, and provides help for victims.
"We think of human trafficking in undeveloped nations, 3rd world countries, but it's happening right here in the United States and in New Jersey," says one of the prime sponsors, New Jersey Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle.
She points out the legislation also calls for the creation of the Prostitution Offense program.
"Which is really a John's school- for John's to be told the dangers of trafficking."
Huttle stresses the importance of Governor Christie signing the legislation into law quickly, so it can be implemented before the Superbowl next year in the Meadowlands.
"Statistics show - and it's documented - that when there is a large sporting event, it serves as a breeding ground - a haven - for sex trafficking."
She says law enforcement officials concur that when you have a large sporting event, you have millions of opportunity "of people gathering together and wanting to have services - those services are made available and it's a multi-million dollar business and the victims - they're coerced into this."
Huttle stresses human trafficking s modern-day slavery, and you have young victims, as young as 12 years old, which is why it's got to stop.