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♦Protecting child victims of human trafficking

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Protecting child victims of human trafficking

By Representative Paul Lundeen (R-Monument)

With our state's continued growth, Colorado law enforcement officials have seen an alarming increase in the prevalence of child sex trafficking and the tragic number of victims left in its wake. Far too often, authorities encounter suspected victims of trafficking but lack the tools or legal precedent to act. However, last week, the House passed my bill, House Bill 1224, to give authorities additional tools in their fight against the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children. My bill will offer these children a pathway to safety and a chance at a new beginning.

In 2010, Colorado law enforcement investigated an estimated 150 sex trafficking cases in the Denver Metro Area, alone, and disturbingly this number continues to grow. Many of these victims are vulnerable children whose captors use coercive methods such as providing essential food, shelter, or support to maintain control. As a result, many of these victims may be reluctant to admit abuse or report their captors. To confront this sad reality, my bill adds sex trafficking to the definition of child abuse, creating an immediate option for authorities to intervene and protect child victims if such abuse is suspected. This will give authorities the tools to offer protective service, without formal criminal charges being filed against captors or traffickers. Additionally, the bill requires authorities to develop a uniform screening process to identify at-risk or current child victims of sexual exploitation.

My bill unties the hands of Colorado authorities when confronted with a victimized child in need and gives these children a path out of harm's way. In the face of this developing crisis, we must give authorities every tool possible to remove victims from dangerous situations and bring their predators to justice.

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. If you have thoughts about this or other legislative issues, please contact me. You can keep up with all of our caucus updates by following us on Twitter and Instagram, liking us on Facebook or visiting www.coloradohousegop.com.

Sincerely,

Paul Lundeen

Weekly Update

Representative Cole Wist (R-Centennial) talks about some Democrat-sponsored bills that are bad for Colorado business, a few GOP wins, and March Madness in this House GOP Weekly Update.

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Upcoming Bills

**Tuesday, March 22** 

House Business Affairs and Labor Committee

**Thursday, March 24**

House Judiciary Committee


Press Releases

In the News

 Tweets of the Week 

Jon Becker

@BrownJPaul & @RepNordberg presenting bill for more oversight for the Dept. of Transportation. #efficientgov

Polly Lawrence

I had the chance to speak to National Federation of Independent Business about transportation funding this morning. Thank you for the opportunity and for the time to meet your members at the Capitol.

We served lots of Colorado lamb with all kinds of other scrumptious dishes at lunch during Ag Day at the Capitol. Thanks to all the volunteer chefs.

Capitol Pictures

Media preview

Republican Representatives Dan Nordberg (R-Colorado Springs) and Lang Sias (R-Arvada) with co-sponsor Representative Dominick Moreno watch the Governor sign HB 1284 to strengthen ties with Israel.

 Pueblo Representatives Clarice Navarro and Daneya Esgar pose with state 4A basketball champs Pueblo West High School on the House floor.
 
Representative Kim Ransom (R-Douglas County) discusses construction defect legislation with members of the South Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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