Prepared by Shared Hope International, these reports provide a good summary of Indiana’s legislative issues related to trafficking and how our state compares to other US states.

2017 Indiana Report Card

2017 Indiana Legal Review

2016 Indiana Report Card

2016 Indiana Legal Review

Also released at the end of 2016, this comprehensive report was prepared by the Office of the Indiana Attorney General:

State of Indiana 2016 Human Trafficking Report

Following are the human trafficking related bills that are presently in the 2018 Session of the Indiana General Assembly:

Senate Bill 394
Human trafficking. Requires manufacturers, sellers, and distributors of Internet enabled devices to install blocking software to prevent the device from accessing: (1) an Internet web site hosting indecent content; and (2) an Internet web site that promotes human trafficking or prostitution. Allows a consumer to deactivate blocking software by paying a $20 deactivation fee and meeting certain other requirements, and provides that: (1) 60% of the fee shall be deposited in the violent crime victims compensation fund; (2) 20% of the fee shall be deposited in the human trafficking prevention and victim assistance fund; and (3) 20% of the fee shall be deposited in the state general fund. Requires the attorney general to monthly compile and transmit a list of Internet web sites to be blocked.
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House Bill 1191
Suspected human trafficking. Removes the requirement that a licensed health practitioner report that an adult patient is a suspected victim of human trafficking to a local law enforcement agency. Requires a licensed health practitioner to provide information concerning available resources and services to a patient who is a suspected victim of human trafficking.
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House Bill 1270
Human trafficking. Changes the human and sexual trafficking statute by: (1) reclassifying the term “human and sexual trafficking” to “human trafficking”, which includes the offenses of labor and sexual trafficking; (2) creating separate offenses for labor and sexual trafficking and renaming certain crimes; (3) removing the element of force from forced labor, marriage, prostitution, and participating in sexual conduct; (4) removing involuntary servitude from the human trafficking statute; (5) removing from the sexual trafficking statute the element that a solicitor must know that a person is a human trafficking victim before committing the offense; and (6) adding elements to certain human and sexual trafficking offenses. Expands the rape shield statute to include victims of human trafficking and certain other offenses. Adds an element to the defense of prosecution under the offenses of sexual misconduct with a minor and promotion of sexual trafficking of a younger child. Prohibits certain defenses to a prosecution of making an unlawful proposition. Requires law enforcement to notify the department of child services of a possible child trafficking victim in certain sexual offenses. Urges the legislative council to assign to an appropriate interim study committee the task of studying the topic of human trafficking in Indiana involving law enforcement, creation of programs, and review of the penalties for human trafficking crimes in the criminal code. Requires the commission on improving the status of children in Indiana to study the topic of what specific authority a law enforcement officer has in order to take custody of or detain a child in certain situations where the officer believes a child may be a victim of human trafficking and who is potentially a child in need of services. Makes conforming amendments.
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House Concurrent Resolution 15
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION recognizing National Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2018.
For status on this resolution click here