Legislators make strides in fight against human trafficking

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland state legislators are stepping up their efforts to address human trafficking.

Legislators gathered on Friday and voted to approve Senate Bill 152 that would classify human trafficking as a violent crime.

According to legislators, a person guilty of conducting human trafficking can face up to 25 years in prison and a fine of $15,000 dollars.

Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes who represents legislative District 37A said human trafficking in past years was more prevalent in places like Baltimore City, but lawmakers realized this was a statewide issue.

“Human trafficking is a very important subject, but it is where need to make sure we put all protections in place and educate people on the issue, whether it is identifying about the different signs of what human trafficking looks like,” said Sample-Hughes.

According to officials, this legislation would take effect in October.

Categories: Crime, Maryland