SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Human traffickers and those who benefit from exploitation will now face harsher penalties under legislation recently passed by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg.
“This legislation will ensure that survivors of human trafficking and involuntary servitude have a voice by extending the statute of limitations so that perpetrators can be prosecuted,” said Mussman. “Additionally, this measure will provide law enforcement with further training to identify and investigate human trafficking rings and will punish businesses that benefit from these heinous crimes with harsh financial penalties.”
The Mussman-backed Senate Bill 1890, which makes extensive changes to current law to crack down on human trafficking, passed both the Illinois House and Senate with sweeping bipartisan support. The legislation extends the statute of limitations on both criminal and civil cases up to 25 years, provides further training for all law enforcement officers on identifying and investigating suspected human trafficking situations, and subjects businesses that benefit from human trafficking and similar crimes to new fines of up to $100,000.
“I am proud to be a part of the widely bipartisan coalition of legislators that came together to pass this measure to combat human trafficking in Illinois,” continued Mussman. “I encourage the governor to sign this bill when it reaches his desk to ensure that abusers who prey upon vulnerable women and children are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
For more information, please contact Mussman’s constituent service office at 847-923-9104 or StateRepMussman@gmail.com.