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New Jersey’s Human Trafficking Act Establishes Comprehensive Measures to Support Survivors and Stop Traffickers

Statement by Kate Keisel, Director of Polaris Project New Jersey:

Trenton, NJ (March 21, 2013) – “Polaris Project New Jersey applauds the New Jersey legislature for passing a comprehensive bill against modern-day slavery today. By working directly with human trafficking survivors here in New Jersey, we know first-hand that criminals are profiting from the exploitation of men, women, and children for commercial sex or forced labor here in our communities. Passage of the Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection and Treatment Act makes it clear that these atrocities are not tolerated in our state.

“This legislation helps survivors of all forms of human trafficking. A labor trafficking survivor whose abuse left him with years of medical bills can sue his trafficker for their cost. The teen forced into commercial sex can have unjust convictions removed from her record, so she will no longer have to worry if her past is a hindrance to getting an education or a new job. The bill also establishes important protections to ensure that trafficking victims are treated justly and humanely while they pursue justice for the crimes against them. Meanwhile, traffickers are now more likely to be brought to justice thanks to new measures that will help law enforcement catch and prosecute offenders. 

“We thank Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Senator Nellie Pou, all of the bill sponsors, Attorney General Jeffery Chiesa, and the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking for their support in making it easier for victims of human trafficking to become survivors. We urge Governor Chris Christie to sign this bill into law immediately”  

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About Polaris Project

Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star “Polaris” that guided people escaping slavery along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally. By successfully pushing for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-3737-888), conducting trainings, and providing vital services to victims of trafficking, Polaris Project creates long-term solutions that move our society closer to a world without slavery. Learn more at www.polarisproject.org.

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