January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
Human trafficking – especially sex trafficking – is one of the most egregious violations of human rights and dignity happening in our world today. We must be tireless in working to advocate for changes that support survivors and bring an end to this horror.
In Pennsylvania, we are making important strides. Senate Bills 44 and 45, co-sponsored by Sen. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson), Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York), and Sen. Maria Collett (D-Montgomery) both recently passed unanimously through the PA House and Senate and were signed into law last month. These bills will remove legal barriers so victims of human trafficking can find relief, resources, and services crucial for healing.
There’s still much work to be done and we applaud the leaders who worked hard to make these important changes. If you’re interested in getting involved, consider looking into important ministries serving victims of human trafficking, such as: