AURORA, Ill. – State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, is backing a bill that would extend the statute of limitations for the human trafficking of minors.
“Human trafficking of children occurs across the state and nation, but too often goes unnoticed by many people,” said Chapa LaVia. “The perpetrators of these acts must be brought to the full consequence of the law.”
House Bill 3629, would require stricter penalties for those involved in the human trafficking of minors. The resulting mandatory sentence would be 25 years in prison. The bill goes on further to extend the statute of limitations in which a charge may be made. Current law only allows one year of time after a victim turns 18 for them to file a charge, this bill would give extend the time to 25 years.
“Victims of human trafficking must be given more time to report the crime to the authorities,” said Chapa LaVia. “Regardless of how much time has passed after the crime, if a survivor comes forward, they have the right to receive justice in court. A criminal should not be able to walk the streets because of a gap in our law, especially for crimes as heinous as these.”