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Legislation

Seattle Against Slavery is a voice for change in advocating for laws policies that better protect trafficking victims, provide adequate services for survivors, prosecute perpetrators, and prevent human trafficking and slavery. We have seen over the last decade that ordinary citizens can make a big difference when we engage in the political process. Encouraging our lawmakers to pass bills that address domestic victims and foreign nationals in both sex and labor trafficking is one of SAS’ primary roles as a grassroots coalition.

YOU can prevent trafficking by engaging our lawmakers via face-to-face meetings, phone calls, letters and emails. Below are some of the important bills SAS advocated for.

County/City

Working at a local level on anti-trafficking policy can be one of the most effective strategies to prevent exploitation, reach victims, and support survivors.

Read the 2014 King County Public Awareness Resolution

Federal

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) was up for reauthorization in 2013 and passed as part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  We will continue advocating for reauthorization in the future. Two anti-human trafficking bills were introduced federally in the 2012 legislative session. Both bills focused on minor sex trafficking; the Child Protection Compact Act is international and the Wyden Bill is domestic. Neither one passed. However, we expect them both to be reintroduced in 2014 session and we will update you regarding how to advocate for each of them under their new bill numbers.


State

Locate your Washington Legislators (State Senators and State House of Representatives)

Roster of WA State Senators | House Members by District


2012 SAS Endorsed State Bills


WA Senate Bill 6251 -Regulating advertising of commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

Brief Description: created a new crime, making it illegal to knowingly publish an escort ad on-line or in print that involves a minor.

Download SB 6251: Full


WA Senate Bill 6253 – Seizure and Forfeiture

Brief Description: Concerning seizure and forfeiture of property in commercial sexual abuse of a minor, promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, and promoting prostitution in the first degree crimes.

Download SB 6253: Full.


2011 SAS Endorsed State Bills


WA Senate Bill 5545 -Revisions to allow police surveillance operations with consent of victim

Sponsors: Senators Delvin, Kohl-Welles, Hargrove, Stevens, Fraser, Swecker, Chase, McAuliffe, White, Eide, Roach, Shin, and Regala

Brief Description: Allows law enforcement officers to conduct surveillance operations on suspected human-trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of a minor with the consent of the victim. It would also authorize prosecutors to request assistance from juveniles in the undercover surveillance of telephone communications in trafficking investigations, without putting them in danger

Download SB 5545: Full

Legislative History: Please click HERE to view a summary of the bill’s progression.


WA Senate Bill 5482 -Housing Bill

Sponsors: Kohl-Welles

Brief Description: Proposes to direct affordable housing funding to victims of human trafficking.

Download SB 5482: Full

Legislative History: Please click HERE to view a summary of the bill’s progression.


WA Senate Bill 5546 – Amending Human Trafficking Criminal Code

Legislative History: Please click HERE to view a summary of the bill’s progression.


2010 SAS Endorsed State Bills



WA Senate Bill 6476 – Revising Provisions Relating to Sex Crimes Involving Minors

Sponsors: Senators Stevens, Hargrove, Fraser, Swecker, Delvin, Brandland, Holmquist, Becker, Parlette, Carrell, Hewitt, Schoesler, King, Roach, and Kohl-Welles

Brief Description: Allows the department of social and health services to connect a child, who is sexually exploited, with services and treatment. Provides for impoundment of a person’s vehicle if the person is arrested for certain sex crimes involving a minor. Changes penalties for commercial sexual abuse and promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

Download SB 6476: FullDigest


WA Senate Bill 6330 – Stop Trafficking Demand Along WA Highways

Sponsors: Senators Stevens, Hargrove, Fraser, Swecker, Delvin, Brandland, Holmquist, Becker, Parlette, Carrell, Hewitt, Schoesler, King, Roach, and Kohl-Welles

Brief Description: Authorizes the department of transportation to work with human trafficking victim advocates in developing informational posters for placement in rest areas.

Download SB 6330: Full | Digest


WA House Bill 2424 / Senate Bill 6201 – Protecting Children from Internet Child Porn & Accountability

Sponsors: Representatives O’Brien, Pearson, Hurst, Takko, Herrera, Chandler, Ross, Rodne, Dammeier, Condotta, Shea, Klippert, Smith, Walsh, and Parker; by request of Attorney General

Brief Description: Revises current statutes governing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct to ensure that intentional viewing of and trading in child pornography over the internet is subject to a criminal penalty without limiting the scope of existing prohibitions on the possession of or dealing in child pornography, including the possession of electronic depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Clarifies that each individual item of visual or printed matter constitutes a separate violation for purposes of determining the unit of prosecution under the statutes governing possession of and trading in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Download HB 2424: Full | Digest | Download SB 6201: Full | Digest