House OKs bill that adds human traffickers to sex offender list

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A bill that would require human traffickers to register as sex offenders has passed the House of Representatives.

Under the legislation, anyone convicted of human or sexual trafficking would be added to the sexual offender registration and community notification list.

To achieve this, the bill would amend the sexual offender registration and community notification act to include those found guilty of “involuntary servitude, the trafficking of persons for forced labor or commercial sexual activity, and sex trafficking of a minor.”

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Robert Craven, D-North Kingstown.

“Communities need to be warned about the presence of sex traffickers in the same manner as sex offenders,” Craven said in a statement. “Both are dangerous predators who prey upon the innocent and the communities in which they reside should know if their neighbors pose a danger to their families and children.”

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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