Press Release                                                                                      February 1, 2016

For Immediate Release        

Rep. Loudenbeck Bill on Child Sex Trafficking Receives Hearing

Madison – A bill authored byRepresentative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) that will make important changes to state law to combat child sex trafficking received its second public hearing today.

Assembly Bill 737expands what constitutes the crime of child sex trafficking, and includes child sex trafficking under the definition of abuse in the Children’s Code. This revised definition will require a child sex trafficking victim that is being abused by a non-caregiver to be screened in by a caseworker who may determine that a child in need of protection or services (CHIPS) order is appropriate. 

“Aligning Wisconsin state statutes and policies with the new federal requirements regarding sex trafficked children will improve current child welfare practice and help victims and potential victims receive services and support to meet their complex needs and help them heal.  The statutory changes will also ensure the continuation of federal child welfare funding for Wisconsin and allow for improved data collection and victim identification,” said Rep. Loudenbeck. 

AB 737 has received public hearings in both the Assembly and Senate.