WI Governor Scott Walker signed an omnibus human trafficking bill into law on April 23, 2014. It previously was known as 2013 AB620/SB492. It is now recognized as 2013 Wisconsin Act 362.
Key changes it brings to addressing human trafficking under WI state law include:
- Removes the need to prove human trafficking victims did not consent to actions a trafficker forced them to take
- Expands the forms of force, fraud or coercion that constitute human trafficking acts
- Provides a path by which human trafficking victims/survivors of all ages can seek to vacate or expunge prostitution convictions they received for actions taken while under the control of a trafficker
- Expands the terms under which any person receiving from a person engaged in prostitution or debt bondage is guilty of a Class F felony
It is a good law that enables effective prosecution of human trafficking criminals and, when a human trafficking victim was improperly convicted of prostitution, it provides the legal mechanism to undo this wrong.
SlaveFree Madison is now focused on supporting new legislation that addresses the need for appropriate services for victims and survivors or human trafficking.
SFM Representative JoAnn Gruber-Hagen pictured, third from left.