POSTED: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 5:48pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 10:56am
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — The governor held a very emotional press conference Tuesday afternoon to announce two proposed bills that he says are top priority.
The new bills are meant to combat human trafficking, something the governor says he is focusing on this legislative session.
This humantrafficking legislation will ensure criminals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that victims of human trafficking are identified and protected.
Rep. Neil Abramson filed one of the two bills that will create harsher punishments and better tools for cracking down on human trafficking and commercial sex related offenses.
The other, filed by Representative Julie Stokes, authorizes district courts to designate a section or division of court for human trafficking courts.
One woman who’s been a victim of human trafficking for over four decades says she's been through enough and it's about time this crime is taken seriously.
Governor Jindal emphasized that this crime affects not just minors-- but anyone at any age.
Representatives from major human trafficking organizations showed up in support, including
Trafficking Hope, Tigers Against Trafficking, and the Eden House.
We will keep you updated as soon as these bills come up in session.