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Human Trafficking Law Inked

March 1, 2013 State of Wyoming, Teton County, Town of Jackson No Comments
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Wyoming officials can now respond directly to local instances of human trafficking instead of relying solely on the federal government to identify and prosecute such cases, decreasing instances of both labor and sex trafficking falling through the gaps. Wyoming became the last state to ban human trafficking with Governor Matt Mead signing the first anti-trafficking law in Wyoming Wednesday. The law is also one of the few in the country to provide strong legal protections and support for survivors of human trafficking. Two cases of human trafficking have been prosecuted in Wyoming by federal prosecutors in the last five years including one in Jackson, and Wyoming Victim Services providers have reported also working with human trafficking victims across the state. Following concerted efforts from bill sponsors Representatives Cathy Connolly of Albany County and Keith Gingery of Teton County win passage of the legislation, Connolly commended the governor, legislators and local advocates for sending a clear message that trafficking and traffickers are not welcome in Wyoming.

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