Representative Doreen Costa to Chair Legislative Commission Approved to Study Sex Trafficking in Rhode Island
STATE HOUSE -- Representative Doreen Costa (R-District 31 North Kingstown, Exeter) is pleased to announce that the RI House of Representatives has approved House Resolution (H 7424) which paves the way for the formation of a special legislative commission to make a comprehensive study of all matters relating to sex trafficking in the State of Rhode Island.
“I am proud of my colleagues in the RI House of Representatives who have taken a step in the right direction,” said Costa. “Sex trafficking is a very serious problem in Rhode Island as well as across the country. Sex trafficking and sexual abuse not only destroys lives, it erodes our community. As Chairwoman, I will see to it that this study commission gets to the heart of the problem so we can rid Rhode Island of sex trafficking and those responsible.”
According to the House Resolution, the Speaker of the House will appoint a seven (7) member commission (not more than 5 from the same political party) from the RI House of Representatives to the commission, who will report back to the House of Representatives with their findings by March 31, 2017.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center says human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including Rhode Island. The NHTRC works closely with service providers, law enforcement, and other professionals in Rhode Island to serve victims and survivors of trafficking, respond to human trafficking cases, and share information and resources. Anyone with information regarding sex trafficking or who are victims, are encouraged to call the NHTRC hotline at (888) 373-7888.
For more information, contact:
Raina C. Smith, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
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