Governor Signs Clymer’s Bill Mandating Advertisement of National Human Trafficking Resources Hotline
HARRISBURG – Legislation requiring the National Human Trafficking Resource Hotline be advertised in certain establishments across the Commonwealth where victims of human trafficking are most likely to be found was signed into law today, announced Rep. Paul Clymer (R-Bucks), author of the proposal.
“Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world and Pennsylvania is not immune to this horrific crime,” said Clymer. “One way we can try to reach the victims of human trafficking or those who may be witness to this crime is to make reporting easier. By making a simple phone call, action can begin to take place to help save those ensnared in this industry.”
Human trafficking is when an individual is forced or coerced against his or her will into labor or sexual exploitation. There are an estimated 27 million people trapped in this modern-day slavery around the globe.
Establishments required to post the hotline would include:
• Massage parlors, spas or a similar enterprise.
• Bars, taverns or clubs that have a valid liquor, malt or brewed beverage license.
• Adult entertainment enterprises.
• Hotels or motels found to be a drug-related nuisance or common nuisance.
• Airports, train stations and bus stations.
• Welcome centers and rest areas operated by PennDOT.
The hotline directs people to a national, 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, toll-free call center that refers callers to local agencies that can provide a range of comprehensive services, including crisis intervention.
Clymer said those establishments that fail to post signage would be subject to civil penalties.
“Unfortunately, it is these types of establishments that are most often frequented by those who deal in human trafficking, as well as their victims,” said Clymer. “I am hopeful that advertising the hotline in such places will help save lives and curb the growth of this crime in the Commonwealth.”
The law goes into effect in 60 days.
State Representative Paul Clymer
145th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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