House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. issued the following statement today in response to the adoption of the human trafficking bill by the House:
I am encouraged by the unanimous adoption of House Bill 3470 An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People. This piece of legislation will enable the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to protect our most vulnerable citizens.
With Massachusetts being one of only four states without laws on the books to protect exploited persons, the House has now laid the groundwork for such legislation to be adopted and implemented in the Commonwealth. Additionally, with the adoption of Republican led amendments, we will ensure that repeat human trafficking offenders receive harsher punishments, including longer incarceration time.
I look forward to the Senate’s consideration of this matter in the near future, and ultimately seeing this legislation signed into law by Governor Patrick in a timely fashion.