ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – In order to help protect victims of human trafficking, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, helped pass legislation that was recently signed into law that encourages businesses to post human trafficking awareness notices in their public bathrooms.
“In order to prevent human trafficking, it is critical that we are offering victims the information they need to get help,” said Manley. “This legislation is an important piece of ensuring victims of human trafficking understand the resources available to help them get out of their current situation.”
According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, hundreds of human trafficking cases are reported each year in Illinois. As part of her efforts to help victims of crimes, Manley voted in favor of House Bill 588, which encourages businesses, such as bars, truck stops, and bus stations, to post a notice with information regarding human trafficking resources. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Pritzker last Friday.
Throughout her time in the General Assembly, Manley has worked to support crime victims. This session, she helped pass legislation expanding a program that provides funds to crime victims to help them pay for costs incurred due to the crime. She also backed a bill that would allow civil no-contact orders to become permanent against those convicted of sex crimes.
“It is important that we are doing everything in our power to ensure victims of crimes are being supported and not left behind,” said Manley. “I look forward to continuing my work in Springfield supporting legislation that empowers survivors and helps set them on a path towards recovery.”