Human Trafficking

One of the hot topics at the Legislature this year is human trafficking, and in fact, yesterday was Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Capitol. According to the Senate Joint Resolution that was considered yesterday, human trafficking is the “fastest growing criminal industry in the world” and “approximately 27 million adults and children worldwide are trafficked across international borders and forced into labor and sexual exploitation.” It’s an uncomfortable topic, but an important one in our society today. The Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice has recently issued a new report, Human Trafficking and Slavery, which was prepared in response to last year’s HB13-1195. New legislation is also being considered this year; see HB14-1273, which has recently been introduced in the House and will be heard in the Judiciary Committee.