Legislation Could Cut “Head off the Snake” of Human Trafficking

A bill that recently passed the Prince George’s County Council aims to hold landlords accountable for prostitution and human trafficking on their properties.

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Human trafficking statistics reveal the number of women trafficked in Maryland counties. Courtesy of The Samaritan Women.

As reported in the Washington Post,

The bill makes it a misdemeanor to “knowingly” allow use of an apartment or home for prostitution or trafficking, punishable with a $1,000 fine or six months in jail. It passed the council unanimously last week, and a spokesman for County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) said he will sign it into law.

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The Samaritan Women advocated for Prince George’s County legislation creating landlord accountability for human trafficking.

The Post quotes anti-human trafficking activists from The Samaritan Women,

“It’s a crime of economics. And so if individuals are profiting from this business that’s where we have to tackle cutting the head off the snake,” said Jeanne Allert, founder and executive director of the Samaritan Women, a group that tries to help trafficking victims.

For more information, see New law could make landlords liable for sex trafficking at their rentals from the Washington Post.

This year, MACo’s Winter Conference will feature a presentation on human trafficking in Maryland at the meeting of the Women of MACo. As a transportation hub of national highways and international air travel, Maryland is uniquely situated to be a “hot spot” for human trafficking.

At this year’s Women of MACo Lunch, Lisae Jordan, Esq., Executive Director & Counsel of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault will speak about state and local actions that can be taken to combat human trafficking.

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:

  • Speaker: Lisae Jordan, Esq., Executive Director & Counsel of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA)
  • Moderator: Baltimore County Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond
  • Date/Time: Thursday, December 8, 2016; 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
  • Registration: To attend this luncheon, register for the MACo Conference using the links below, and kindly RSVP to mdcounties.org/WC16WOMLunchRSVP by November 16, 2016.

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:

 

 

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