Yesterday, Nebraska Legislators advanced LB 843, a bill that if passed, would ensure that if an individual is a victim of sex trafficking they could not also be charged with prostitution. Nate Grasz, NFA’s Policy and Research analyst was at the State Capitol when Senators advanced the bill to Select File. Here was his update:
Labor and sex-trafficking are crimes that are unfortunately happening right here in Nebraska. In January of this year, a Lincoln man and woman have been charged with human trafficking in Hall Country (Grand Island). Maruiece L. Johnson and Katie M. Brandt have been accused of engaing in sex-trafficking of a woman between December 11-16 in three states, according to court documents. (Lincoln Journal Star)
Victims of sex-trafficking are usually recruited through false promises of love and support, and sometimes through kidnapping or abduction. These victims deserve to be protected from being charged with prostitution.
According to the United Nation’s Internation Labor Organization, the are an estimated 12.3 -27 million people kept in forced labor, bonded labor, forced child labor and sexual servitude at any give time in our world today. (www.freetheslaves.net)