DENVER—Today, Representatives Lois Landgraf (R-Colorado Springs) and Polly Lawrence (R-Roxborough Park) saw their bill, House Bill 1072, advance out of the House Judiciary Committee with unanimous support. The bill marks the third Republican-led effort against human trafficking to advance out of committee this session. Specifically, House Bill 1072 adds “facilitating travel” to the list of crimes included in the definition of human trafficking. Also, this bill would make a person who is convicted of purchasing an adult victim of human trafficking have to register as a sex offender in Colorado.
“Human trafficking has tragically become a major industry in Colorado and the nation, and we need to be targeting both the supply and the demand for this horrifying crime,” said Landgraf. “In five years, Colorado has gone from a D rating to a B in 2016, and the bill we passed today will help Colorado earn an A for its laws protecting against human trafficking – I hope these efforts will save more victims.”
Representative Lawrence added:
“Colorado has become a crossroads for human trafficking, making it very difficult for law enforcement to track victims’ movement in the area. I am pleased to see Colorado strengthening its laws to combat human trafficking, and adding the crime of facilitating the travel of a victim will allow law enforcement more flexibility to arrest and prosecute people proliferating this crime.”