This bill provides an appropriation to provide treatment and support services to human trafficking victims and to provide for reports to the attorney general, legislative assembly, and legislative management.
The ACLU of North Dakota is supporting this bill. Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It is an extreme form of labor exploitation where women, men and children are recruited or obtained and then forced to labor against their will through force, fraud or coercion. Trafficking victims are often lured by false promises of decent jobs and better lives, and traffickers use various physical and psychological tactics to coerce individuals to labor against their will. The U.S. Department of State estimates that 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year. If passed, Senate Bill 2159 would provide much needed grants to organizations involved in providing prevention and treatment services related to human trafficking victims.