DECATUR, Ill. – To advocate for and protect victims of human trafficking, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, introduced legislation that was recently signed into law that encourages businesses to post human trafficking awareness notices in their public bathrooms.
“Human trafficking must come to an end, and this legislation offers a means to get victims the help they need, along with providing the information to those who may suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking,” said Scherer. “It is critical to ensure that all people are aware of the resources available to victims of human trafficking and how to get in touch to receive help.”
Scherer sponsored House Bill 588, which encourages businesses, such as bars, truck stops, and bus stations, to post a notice with information regarding human trafficking resources. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, hundreds of human trafficking cases are reported each year in Illinois. In an effort to combat human trafficking, Scherer lead efforts to fight for key legislation for victims and survivors. Scherer’s legislation was signed into law by Gov. JB Priztker.
“My commitment to protecting the people of Illinois, especially our children and young people, does not end here, and I look forward to continuing work to empower victims and survivors of crimes,” said Scherer. “We must make sure we are laying the path to recovery and not leaving any victims behind.”