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.

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 2017 Session of the Indiana General Assembly:

House Bill 1218
Juvenile justice. Adds additional members to a community corrections advisory board. Allows an application for a state grant for a community corrections program for juveniles to be made to the department of correction division of youth services. Provides that a child who was: (1) the victim of human trafficking; and (2) adjudicated a delinquent child for an act performed while a victim of human trafficking and the delinquent act was a result of human trafficking; is entitled to have the adjudication expunged. Specifies that expunged electronic records must be stored in a secure data base. Permits the department of correction to award funding to a court appointed forensic advocate program. Provides that a person who was: (1) the victim of human trafficking; and (2) convicted of a nonviolent offense committed while the person was being trafficked; is entitled to have the person’s conviction vacated if certain conditions are met. Provides that prostitution is a criminal offense only if committed by a person who is at least 18 years of age. Defines “juvenile prostitution”. Provides that a person less than 18 years of age who is engaged in juvenile prostitution is considered a victim of juvenile prostitution and human or sexual trafficking. Adds juvenile prostitution to offenses involving prostitution in human trafficking crimes and the crimes of visiting a common nuisance and promoting prostitution. Makes technical corrections.
For status on this bill click here (became law 4/20/17)

Senate Bill 404
Abortion, child abuse, and sexual trafficking. Requires that certain information must be provided by the parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated pregnant woman when giving written consent for the unemancipated pregnant woman to have an abortion. Provides that a parent or legal guardian of a pregnant minor; (1) is an interested party with respect to a petition to waive the parental consent requirement; and (2) shall be served notice of any hearing on the petition. Provides that the court may not rule on the petition unless proof of service of the notice to a parent or legal guardian is filed with the court. Provides that the parent or legal guardian is entitled to an opportunity to submit evidence to the court. Provides that a court may waive the requirement of parental consent if the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that the minor is mature enough to make the abortion decision independently or that an abortion would be in the minor’s best interests. (Current law does not specify a standard of proof.) Requires a physician who receives written consent for an unemancipated pregnant woman to have an abortion to execute an affidavit for inclusion in the unemancipated pregnant woman’s medical record. Prohibits a person from aiding or assisting an unemancipated pregnant woman in obtaining an abortion without the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian. Authorizes the award of civil damages for a violation. Authorizes certain persons to seek an injunction from acts that would aid or assist an unemancipated pregnant woman in obtaining an abortion without parental consent. Provides that a health care provider shall transmit the pregnancy termination form to the state department of health (state department) and separately to the department of child services if the woman having the abortion is less than 16 years of age (rather than if the woman is less than 14 years of age as provided by current law). Requires the state department to notify and provide a copy of the form to the department of child services when it has received a form notifying the state department that a female less than 16 years of age has had an abortion. Raises the penalty for the failure to file certain forms regarding performed abortions from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor for a physician to perform an abortion on a female who is less than 16 years of age and recklessly fail to transmit the pregnancy termination form to the state department. Provides that a health care practitioner is subject to disciplinary sanctions for failure to report suspected child abuse or sexual trafficking. Requires the medical licensing board to revoke a physician’s license if the physician: (1) negligently fails to transmit a form regarding an abortion performed on a female who is less than 16 years of age; and (2) performs an abortion in violation of state law.
For status on this bill click here (became law 4/25/17)

House Bill 1533
Human trafficking. Provides that a child who was: (1) the victim of human trafficking; and (2) adjudicated a delinquent child for an act performed while a victim of human trafficking; is entitled to have the adjudication vacated if certain conditions are met. Makes it a Level 6 felony to access with intent to view a photograph or other pictorial representation that depicts or describes sexual conduct by a child who the person knows is less than 18 years of age or who appears to be less than 18 years of age. Requires manufacturers, sellers, and distributers 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 fee and meeting certain other requirements, and provides that: (1) 60% of the deactivation fee shall be deposited in the victim of violent crimes compensation fund; (2) 20% of the deactivation fee shall be deposited in the human trafficking prevention and victim assistance fund; and (3) 20% of the deactivation 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.
For status on this bill click here (no activity since January 2017)

House Bill 1515
Stop human trafficking license plate. Establishes a stop human trafficking license plate. Provides that fees collected from the stop human trafficking license plates be deposited in the human trafficking prevention and victim assistance fund.
For status on this bill click here (no activity since January 2017)

Senate Bill 166
Vacating convictions of trafficked persons. Provides that a child who was: (1) the victim of human trafficking; and (2) adjudicated a delinquent child for an act performed while a victim of human trafficking; is entitled to have the adjudication vacated if certain conditions are met. Provides that a person who was: (1) the victim of human trafficking (as an adult); and (2) was convicted of a nonviolent offense committed while the person was being trafficked; is entitled to have the person’s conviction vacated if certain conditions are met.
For status on this bill click here (no activity since March 2017)

 Senate Bill 280
Acts of prostitution committed by children. Provides that prostitution is a criminal offense only if committed by a person who is at least 18 years of age. Defines “juvenile prostitution”. Provides that a person less than 18 years of age who is engaged in juvenile prostitution is considered a juvenile prostitution victim. Adds juvenile prostitution to elements involving prostitution in human trafficking crimes and the crimes of visiting a common nuisance and promoting prostitution. Provides that a juvenile prostitution victim who needs care, treatment, or rehabilitation from the court is a child in need of services.
For status on this bill click here  
(no activity since January 2017)