Kean’s Human Trafficking Bill Clears Committee

TRENTON — A bill sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean that expands New Jersey’s Human Trafficking law was unanimously passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that has a devastating impact on victims, their families and society as a whole,” said  Kean (R-Union). “We have a responsibility to help these victims who suffer in despair waiting for anyone to take up their cause and demand justice.”


Under Kean’s bill, the Attorney General would be required to publicize and promote the state’s Human Trafficking Toll Free Hotline, any federal human trafficking hotline, and any local or county federally funded human trafficking hotline. Additionally, the bill requires police be trained in responding to the needs of victims of human trafficking and providing the services available to them.

Kean discussed the timely nature of the bill with the recent conviction and sentencing of a Newark woman who was involved in a trafficking ring, along with three other New Jersey residents. According to the U.S. Justice Department, more than 1, 200 human trafficking cases were reported nationwide during 2007 and 2008. Because of the large immigrant population, close location to major cities, and easy access to transportation hubs, New Jersey is fertile ground for human trafficking.

“The keys to successfully ending human trafficking are vigilance and communication,” Kean continued.” We have to make sure that the phone number for reaching this hotline finds its way into the hands of each victim. We have the energy and ability to end this human rights abuse and the responsibility to take action.”

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1 comment for “Kean’s Human Trafficking Bill Clears Committee

  1. September 28, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Yes, legislation is important and I thank Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean for his efforts in this regard and I agree with him when he says that vigilance and communication are key to successfully ending human trafficking.
    I wonder if an additional bill could be introduced that would authorize grants for the creation of innovative educational programs to be used in the public schools for the purpose of raising awareness among the children. If we would teach children in the school systems, in a sensitive way, about the seamy realities of life in the city, this could engender a sense of abhorrence and more caution on their parts, thereby decreasing the likelihood of being drawn into it. Young people who are aware of the ugliness of the possible consequences of allowing themselves to be enticed by seemingly friendly acquaintances, will be more cautious and less likely to put themselves at risk. – Prof Patt

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