DeLissio: Raising public awareness on human trafficking (w/Video)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., spoke in support of H.R. 22 yesterday, which recognizes January 2017 as Human Trafficking Month, acknowledging that although Pennsylvania has improved laws to help the victims of human trafficking, there is still work to be done.

“We still have work to do for the all-too-often forgotten survivors of human trafficking,” DeLissio said. “Pennsylvania is certainly not immune to human trafficking, and we as a legislative body have a duty to protect the victims and punish the perpetrators.” 

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received over 3,000 calls and handled 688 cases that reference human trafficking in Pennsylvania. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will. The majority of the cases reported in Pennsylvania involve the sex trafficking of women.

“Trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide and building awareness in our home state is essential in helping Pennsylvanians know that this is taking place in our state, in our neighborhoods," DeLissio said. “House Resolution 22 raises awareness to this crime and everyone needs to learn to recognize the signs and understand the dangers posed by human trafficking.”

To understand more and to learn the signs indicating a potential human trafficking situation, go the National Human Trafficking website at www.humantraffickinghotline.org. If you believe you have information about a potential trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

House Resolution 22 passed the House by a unanimous vote.