Human trafficking bill passes Illinois House, goes to Pritzker’s desk

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A bill passed the Illinois House on Monday that would require all law enforcement officers to take human trafficking training and allows for a longer time to prosecute offenders. 

Senate Bill 1890 passed the Illinois House unanimously Monday after receiving the same support in the Senate in March. It amends the Illinois Police Training Act to include the Human Trafficking training. The legislation also requires hotel and motel employees to go through human trafficking training. It also allows prosecutors up to 25 years to charge a suspect for human trafficking crimes as opposed to the current three years.

The bill is set to go back to the Senate to be re-approved after the House added an amendment. 

 “Speaker Madigan’s bill gives a voice to survivors of labor and sexual exploitation and helps to empower those who are fighting on behalf of those still held in unjust servitude,” said Carrie Ward, Executive Director of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.  “We’re proud to stand with Speaker Madigan on behalf of vulnerable women and children. His effort not only strengthens our law but will raise awareness in the fight against human trafficking.”

The bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria). If the bill is passed by the Senate again, it will then head to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.

If signed into law by Pritzker, the legislation would go into effect July 1, 2020.

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