Rep. Gail Chasey and Rep. Christine Trujillo’s Bill to Connect Human Trafficking Victims to Vital Services Passes First Committee
Santa Fe, NM – Yesterday, a bill sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee. House Bill 56 decriminalizes prostitution and connects human trafficking survivors to critical services.
Specifically, House Bill 56 excludes prostitution as a delinquent act, an act committed by a child that would be designated as a crime under the law if committed by an adult.
“This legislation goes a long way in protecting young people who are survivors of human trafficking and helping them get the services they need,” said Rep. Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque). “Reforming the Children’s Code to respect survivors rather than criminalize them is critical to promoting a fair and just criminal justice system.”
“For survivors of human trafficking who are overwhelmingly people of color, this legislation will promote access to critical services and help ensure their safety in the future,” said Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque). “We must do all we can to ensure that we do not criminalize survivors of human trafficking.”
HB 56 now heads to the House Judiciary Committee.