Beneath all the hullaballoo of the Delaware budget, two bills passed quietly in the nights the legislature was attempting to hammer out a budget. Both bills dealt with the subject of human sex trafficking.
House Bill 164, which establishes the Human Trafficking Interagency Coordinating Council, passed the House on 6/27 and the Senate on 6/30. Senate Bill 75, which “updates Delaware’s human trafficking crime to prohibit the same acts that are included in the federal Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015“. This bill will go after the scum bags who put these victims up for prostitution on places like Craigslist, Backpage, and Kik.
When I first wrote about Human Sex Trafficking in Delaware a few months ago, I had just been to a presentation on it in the Red Clay Consolidated School District. It disturbed me greatly how grown adults can take advantage of minors and sell them off to perverts as sex slaves. It became one of my most-read articles so far this year and is still high up on that list. It is a crime that doesn’t get a lot of attention but affects each one of us. It is incumbent upon the citizens of this state to report these types of crimes if they even suspect it. You could be saving a life.
I don’t always give our legislators credit, but with these two bills they did the right thing. Both of these bills go into effect once Delaware Governor John Carney signs them. If only education were so easy…