Bill to combat human trafficking

A bill signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper Tuesday calls for a committee to study human trafficking in Colorado and find ways to discourage it.

House Bill 1195, introduced by state Reps. Jared Wright, R-Fruita, and Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, originally called for stricter punishments for those involved in human trafficking. It was amended in the House, which is controlled by Democrats, to begin a human trafficking study.

In the last 10 years, there have been 32 human-trafficking cases statewide, most of them in the metro area or southern Colorado, Wright said. Most of the cases involved juveniles being used in the sex trade, he said.

He and Nordberg asked to be appointed to the committee, but “at a minimum we’ll be on the sidelines making sure policy direction is going as researched,” Wright said.

Law enforcement estimates that human trafficking is an illicit $80 million a year business.

The measure was his third to be signed into law, Wright said.


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