North Dakota has passed comprehensive legislation dealing with the trafficking of human beings in that state.
Along with oil fields has come the trafficking of women and children in North Dakota, and lawmakers decided to do something about it in the most recent session.
Tom Freier with the North Dakota Family Alliance says his state legislature recently passed legislation dealing with the trafficking problem in the state.
“Senate Bill 2107 was the main bill,” he explains. “It was a model bill that dealt with really raising the level of awareness, enforcement, providing safe harbor for victims, some immunity so that victims would testify against the traffickers."
Then victims would be assisted in leaving the industry, if they chose to do so. Another issue the legislature dealt with had to do with forced abortions on trafficked women.
“Traffickers would be encouraging or in some way lead to an abortion,” Freier tells OneNewsNow. “So if that trafficker endorsed an abortion and the abortion took place, his punishment or her punishment would be the normal punishment for that crime, plus another five years.”
Freier describes trafficking as the modern-day form of slavery, but it's really impacting all 50 states to one degree or another. It's just that North Dakota felt moved to take action because of its increasing presence in that state.