B20-0714 is currently being considered by the District of Columbia Council. The text of the bill can be found here. The bill seeks to reform D.C. sex trafficking law by, among other things, affording minors greater protection as victims and modifying law enforcement procedures. Regular updates on the bill’s status can be found here.
Section 18A of the D.C. Code, which contains the current D.C. human trafficking laws, can be found here.
Relevant Federal Legislation
There are two relevant federal bills that, if passed in the Senate, will tie state and D.C. funding to certain anti-trafficking measures including safe harbors for minors. Please see VS’s previous blog post discussing the bills for more information.
Additional information on the bills can also be found below:
Non-Profits in the Trafficking Space
A number of non-profit organizations assist victims of human trafficking and support legal reform in the D.C. area. A non-comprehensive list can be found below:
24 Hr. Hotline: 1-888-261-3665
Recent News on the D.C. Legislation
Though the proposed bill has not captured significant local media attention, three recent articles include:
The Criminalization Of Children Forced Into Prostitution, thinkprogress.org, August 27, 2014
Updated News (as of December 8)
Council Approves Bill Offering Safe Harbor To Child Victims Of Sex Trafficking www.dcist.com, December 2, 2014