AG Coakley files bill criminalizing human trafficking

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Attorney General Martha Coakley and several legislators, yesterday announced a comprehensive bill to make human trafficking a crime in Massachusetts -- as it is in 45 other states. Full Story
STFU

Nashua, NH

#1 Jan 21, 2011
There goes my saturday night
Mike J

Sebring, FL

#2 Jan 21, 2011
It's about time. Way to many women and young girls are being kidnapped and forced into this horrible racket. They are being raped and forced to take drugs to turn them into slaves. They are beaten and threatened on a regular basis and then thrown away like trash.
Hopefully STFU will catch something he deserves this Sat.
while we slept

East Hampton, CT

#3 Jan 21, 2011
After we jail these pigs shouldn't we deport them?
WellArmedVoter

Lowell, MA

#4 Jan 21, 2011
Isn't this stuff already illegal?

"Create an interagency task force on the crime."
meaning more hack jobs for politicians' relatives.

"increasing penalties for clients"
meaning more revenue for the state.
Just Curious

Salem, MA

#5 Jan 21, 2011
Mike J wrote:
It's about time. Way to many women and young girls are being kidnapped and forced into this horrible racket. They are being raped and forced to take drugs to turn them into slaves. They are beaten and threatened on a regular basis and then thrown away like trash.
Hopefully STFU will catch something he deserves this Sat.
That is not what "human trafficking" mean. It means when you bring people from other countries illegally and make them into slaves or whatever against the laws.
Emmacat

Chelmsford, MA

#6 Jan 21, 2011
Just Curious, Mike J's statement is exactly correct. While people can be coerced or tricked with false promises of legal employment, human trafficking can and does happen to kidnapping victims from America as well as kidnapping victims from foreign countries. It is frighteningly becoming a major problem. Drugging victims, stealing identification, threatening the victim and the victim's loved ones, and isolating them from the outside world to lessen the victim's chance of escaping are just some of the ways traffickers abuse victims. It is also common for the trafficker to sell the organs of trafficking victims on the black market when the victim is no longer profitable to the trafficker. This detestable crime is happening all over the US including Massachusetts and New Hampshire. About a year or so ago, a suspected trafficker was scoping out Roller Kingdom for potential victims. As soon as he caught on that the police were watching him, the scumbag disappeared.

I am happy to hear Massachusetts is looking at criminalizing the disgusting practice of human trafficking and instituting harsh penalties for the heinous people who commit this atrocious crime. I hope this bill passes and local victims are able to access the support they need to rebuild their lives after slavery.
Tyngsborough

Merrimack, NH

#7 Jan 21, 2011
It's 2011 and we don't have effective laws to keep convicts serving three life sentences in prison and we can't stop food stamp trafficking, human trafficking, or repeat DUI offenders?

That got me wondering, exactly what is the state legislature doing with its' time?

There were 431 bills enacted into law in 2010.

Guess what the topic is for TEN PERCENT of those laws? Would you believe "Establishing A Sick Leave Bank" and that was done for over 40 individual state employees?

Who's eligible for a state law setting up a sick leave bank? All state employees? Only well-connected employees?

When 10% of the legislative output is strictly for establishing sick leave banks, wouldn't you think the legislature would come up with an alternative such as short-term and long-term disability insurance?

Here's the link if you want to review the legislature's dubious list of accomplishments for 2010:

http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws...
BigBensGuidetoCh icks

Dracut, MA

#8 Jan 22, 2011
How will all the non-illegal illegals get here to the safety of Massachusetts?
Shield

Simsbury, CT

#9 Jan 23, 2011
BigBensGuidetoChicks wrote:
How will all the non-illegal illegals get here to the safety of Massachusetts?
33% of all military polititian's in civilian clothing have an answer to your congressional question.
Shield

Simsbury, CT

#10 Jan 23, 2011
The Military Divorce Courts will be monitored of course.

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