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Zoeller Urging Lawmakers To Expedite Human Trafficking Law

He says even though some traffickers may have already gained a foothold because of the legislative delay, there’s still plenty that can be done.

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AG Zoeller wants the legislation in place by the time visitors start arriving for Super Bowl XLVI.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller is calling on the General Assembly to get a human trafficking bill passed in time for the Super Bowl.

A bill closing gaps in Indiana’s human trafficking laws has been on a fast track through the Assembly. The Senate passed it unanimously…but it’s been held up by unrest in the House. Now, with Super Bowl festivities arriving in Indianapolis, Zoeller is urging the legislature to act quickly.

He says even though some traffickers may have already gained a foothold because of the legislative delay, there’s still plenty that can be done.

“We’ve already been working up to this,”he says. “We do need the legislation to pass so that prosecutors will be able to make these charges stick.”

And Zoeller says the traffickers are only one end of the problem. He’s working with community leaders like Indianapolis Colts star Jeff Saturday. Saturday says a change in culture is needed.

“Men have to be the ones who end this,” he says. “We’re the ones who are funding it, we’re a part of it and it’s going to take men to stand and want to stop it to really make change.”

The earliest the human trafficking bill could be signed into law is Friday…if no changes are made to it in the House.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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