Hearings are a great time to publicly show our strong support for these bills, but our work does not end with that. The Maryland committees do not vote the same day as the hearings, in fact, they may not vote for several weeks! Therefore, it is incredibly important for us to keep the pressure on – through phone calls, emails and personal visits – urging our delegates and senator to vote YES.
This legislation has been held up by the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Joseph Vallario for three consecutive years. The Chairman can be reached from within Maryland, toll free at: 800-492-7122, ext. 3488 or by calling: 410- 841-3488 or 301.858-3488 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All you need to do is say:
“I am a resident of Maryland and I am calling to urge Chairman Vallario to bring HB713 – the human trafficking, asset forfeiture and labor trafficking bill – up for a FAVORABLE vote”.
This bill (1) authorizes State and local law enforcement agencies to seize property in connection with a “human trafficking” violation; (2) establishes procedures for the seizure, forfeiture, and sale of property related to human trafficking violations; and (3) establishes a special fund to benefit human trafficking victims, organizations, and law enforcement agencies that combat human trafficking. The bill’s references to “human trafficking” include the following offenses: (1) human trafficking; (2) sexual solicitation of a minor; (3) child pornography; (4) receiving earnings of a prostitute; and (5) abduction of a child younger than 16 years old.
As a resident of the state of Maryland, and constituent of your jurisdiction, I am against your action of killing this proposed legislation for three consecutive years. Human Trafficking, also known as "modern-day slavery" is depicted as an international occurrence, but it's very much prevalent in the U.S., most importantly in our state (MD). I believe in human rights, equality, and freedom as it is guaranteed by our constiituion, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." As the residents of the state and your local jurisdiction, I condemn human trafficking of women, children, and young girls and request that you vote favorably for HB 713.
Please reflect on Martin L. King's quote when considering HB 713 and evil nature of Human Trafficking:
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."