Tell Massachusetts to Make Human Trafficking a Crime
  • Petitioned Bradley Jones, Jr.

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House Minority Leader
Bradley Jones, Jr.
Speaker of the House
Robert DeLeo
House Majority Leader
James Vallee

Tell Massachusetts to Make Human Trafficking a Crime

    1. Angela Longerbeam
    2. Petition by

      Angela Longerbeam

      Blairs, VA

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July 2011

Victory

After a long campaign championed by state attorney general Martha Coakley, and after over 2000 Change.org members wrote in their support, Massachusetts has passed their first ever state anti-trafficking law. Thanks to everyone who supported this campaign.

As one of just five states that have absolutely no anti-human trafficking laws in place, Massachusetts makes headlines with women and girls who are unprotected from forced prostitution, along with pimps and johns who run free. Nearly two years ago, House Bill 1328 was filed, but never passed. It is a most basic state legislation that would make it illegal to exploit human beings through force, fraud or coercion, and would hold responsible the people who attempt to do so.

Outlawing slavery seems pretty simple, but without passage of this bill, Massachusetts, as a state, has no way to effectively address the crime. Meanwhile, local news outlets report that at least 300 child victims of forced prostitution have been identified in Suffolk County alone. Their stories are heartbreakingly similar, fraught with physical and emotional scars that will affect them throughout their lives, while their abusers not only evade culpability, but are free to continue victimizing others in the same manner. 

Tell the Massachusetts House of Representatives to get on the stick already and provide law enforcement with the most fundamental tool it needs to combat modern-day slavery. Action to protect women and girls from forced prostitution is woefully overdue.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2 signatures
    2. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Human trafficking is still not illegal in Massachusetts, and here is what's happening because of that loophole:

    3. Reached 1 signatures
    4. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Just sent interview questions to Attorney General Coakley! Word has it she'll support members' campaign to make human trafficking a crime in Massachusetts.

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Requested an interview with Martha Coakley!

    7. In Massachusetts, Child Sex Slaves Go To Jail

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Massachusetts is one of only a handful of states in the U.S. without a law making human trafficking a crime. That means that children forced into prostitution are often arrested and sent to prison while the pimps who sell them and men who buy them...

    8. Massachusetts Legislators Continue to Ignore Human Trafficking

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Dear Massachusetts House of Representatives,
      Hey, gang! How’s it going? All set for the holidays? Have all your end-of-the-year “to-do’s” crossed off your lists? Great, glad to hear it. But it seems as though you might be forgetting...

    9. Tell Massachusetts to Pass Long Overdue Anti-Trafficking Legislation

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Local Massachusetts news stations must feel pretty lame reporting on stories that, for most other states in the nation, are completely passé. As one of just five states that have absolutely no anti-human trafficking laws in place, the home of the...

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Nadine Clement NEWBURY, NH
      • over 3 years ago

      We should protect the people being trafficked but prostitution should not be illegal. If we were able to legalize it and control it, it would be the correct way to go.

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    • Abraham Luna TAMPA, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      slavery still exists, it's just hidden from the public now

      because we activists are strong enough to do something about

      it now. if you can't do it yourself, you should pay someone

      to do it for you, not force them to do it against their will

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    • Jackie Farrell LITTLETON, MA
      • over 3 years ago

      Please attend to this.

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    • Amy Neufeld JERSEY CITY, NJ
      • over 3 years ago

      How can Mass not have a law against this? I'm speechless.

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    • Brendan Johnson EL PASO, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      Slavery is a form of terrorism and should be viewed as such; how can we kill foreign terrorists like Osama Bin Laden while allowing those who exploit the young and the helpless here at home free reign? Criminals found guilty of slavery related crimes should face the stiffest of penalties, up to life in prison and the confiscation of all of their property.

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