The summer recess is fast approaching and Massachusetts Senate Bill 58, an act relating to anti-human trafficking and protection, still sits before the Senate Ways and Means Committee. It was passed favorably by the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities on July 15, 2009. Over the past year, it has been waiting to be approved by the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The bill will have to be reintroduced if it does not get approved by July 31. This means that Massachusetts would still be one of only 6 states that do not have human trafficking legislation.
I encourage you to write to the senators in this committee to encourage them to vote in favor of this bill. I have written a draft letter that you can use to write out yourself or to e-mail. Feel free to shorten it or include your personal reason why you think this bill should be passed. You can also call them and simply ask them to support Senate Bill 58. This takes 5 minutes out of your day. The members of the committee are found here. They will pay attention if 5 of you contact them on the same topic. You can make a real difference.
WGBH recently did a 4 part report on human trafficking in New England. You can read and listen to the report here.
I also recently learned that Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are passionate about human trafficking. The Demi and Ashton Foundation facebook page has a tremendous amount of resources that you will pop up in your feed if you like the page. I encourage you to like it to learn more about the problem.
Help me get Senate Bill 58 passed by contacting the members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Thank you.