, a bill to improve the human trafficking criminal code, was passed in the House yesterday (April 5th
). Since the Senate passed this bill on March 4th
, the bill should be on its way to the Governor’s desk. (See the Substitute House Bill Report Brief Summary below to learn the content of this bill.)
– Please say thank you to all the legislators and stakeholders’ support. Now, your legislators
need to hear from you to pass the One-Party Consent bills (HB 1874 and SB 5545
) and urge them to only accept the version coming out of the Senate Human Services and Correction Committee.
Brief Summary of House Substitute Bill
· Expands the definition of Trafficking in the second degree to include when a
person “transfers” or “receives” by any means, another person, knowing that
force, fraud, or coercion would be used to cause the victim to engage in
forced labor or involuntary servitude, or a “commercial sex act.”
· Expands the definition of Trafficking in the first degree to include when a
person violates Trafficking in the second degree and his or her criminal act
involves the illegal harvesting or sale of human organs.
· Defines “commercial sex act,” “forced labor,” “involuntary servitude,” and
“serious harm” for purposes of the Trafficking Act.
· Adds the offenses of human Trafficking in the first and second degree and
Promoting Commercial Sexual Abuse of a Minor to the list of crimes for
which a defendant is required to be automatically remanded into custody upon
conviction pending sentencing.
Rose Gundersen, E.J.D.
Washington Anti-Trafficking Engagement | Co-Founder & Legislative Director