Jindal signs bills to crack down on sex trafficking
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal signed four bills into law on Monday that would help protect sex trafficking victims, and creates a new crime targeting people who purchase such services.
HB 1025 permits the court to seize the personal property directly used in connection with sex trafficking and requires that the funds generated from the sale be deposited in the Exploited Children's Special Fund, which helps pay for victim services.
The bill also targets those purchasing sex by creating the crime of "unlawful purchase of commercial sexual activity" and requiring a person who commits this crime with a minor to register as a sex offender.
HB 569 allows district courts to designate a section or division of court similar to drug court or mental health court for human trafficking courts.
HB 1105 is aimed at providing information to sex trafficking victims by requiring National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline contact information to be posted in outpatient abortion facilities, while HB 1262 requires a woman to be provided with information on coerced abortions and human trafficking when undergoing an elective abortion.
Jindal also said $250,000 has been added into the state budget for the development and implementation of a human trafficking training course to help law enforcement better deal with the criminal activity.