Press Release January 7, 2014
For Immediate Release
Rep. Loudenbeck Authors Human Trafficking Bill
Partners with Attorney General JB Van Hollen to Protect Human Trafficking Victims
Madison, WI….Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) is circulating for co-sponsorship a bill she authored with the help of Attorney General JB Van Hollen aimed at protecting victims of human trafficking and improving procedures for law enforcement and prosecutors.
“Human trafficking and other sensitive crimes are a considerable threat to children and adults in Wisconsin. Victims are taken by force, fraud or coercion for labor purposes or sexual exploitation, with tragic consequences,” said Rep. Loudenbeck.
Significant, bipartisan legislative initiatives related to human trafficking and child trafficking have been enacted into law in prior legislatives sessions, however, additional work is needed to continue Wisconsin’s fight against human trafficking and other sensitive crimes.
“This bill addresses many specific concerns raised by victim advocacy groups, including strong provisions related to asset forfeiture, and a legal option for a victim of human trafficking to request that a prostitution conviction be vacated or expunged,” said Rep. Loudenbeck.
Key changes to current law contained in the bill include:
• Providing a unified process to incorporate the forfeiture of property into a human trafficking case
• Expanding the definition of “commercial sex act”
• Eliminating non-consent as part of the definition of “trafficking”
• Limiting the ability to prosecute minors engaged in prostitution
• Allowing a victim of human trafficking to have a prostitution conviction vacated or expunged
• Adding “intimate parts” to the crime of exposing genitals or pubic area to a child
• Giving victims of the crime greater rights to confidentiality
• Adding “Stalking” to the list of crimes resulting in imposition of the domestic abuse surcharge
• Allowing evidence of any similar acts by the accused to be admitted in court for pending trafficking and child sex crimes
Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) is the author of the proposal in the Senate.
Representative Loudenbeck represents the 31st Assembly District which includes communities in Eastern Rock and Western Walworth Counties.