Governor Jindal announced human trafficking legislation that will ensure criminals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that victims of human trafficking are identified and protected.
Governor Jindal said, “Human trafficking in all its forms is a horrific crime. Often the most vulnerable of society are targeted – those who have been abused or who don’t have a family to walk through life with every day. There are millions of women living in this slavery who will go to sleep tonight praying for a way out, praying for a voice in the midst of darkness. That is why we’re proposing this legislation – to be a voice for those who do not have one. I know the terms human trafficking and sex slavery usually make us think of situations in faraway places, like Eastern Europe, Asia, or Africa. But those are just a few of many places around the globe where this tragedy is happening. It is an actual underground business happening right here in our state and throughout our nation. These bills will continue our previous efforts to deter criminals from engaging in these heinous acts, and together, we can truly make a difference in the fight to end this modern-day slavery.”
Eden House Co-Founder and Executive Director Kara Van de Carr said, “Louisiana is a leader in the fight against human trafficking, which is a global human rights violation that is happening right here in our state. This legislation is a vital tool to protect against the criminal victimization of our citizens and to foster their healing and recovery.”
Learn more at the Weekly Citizen article: Governor Jindal Announces Human Trafficking Legislation to Protect Victims, Punish Criminals.