Sen. Morgan’s Bill Calls for Human Trafficking Assistance Signs to be Posted
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
“We have seen far too many cases of human trafficking in Rhode Island and the New England corridor. I am continuing in my efforts to provide resources for victims of human trafficking,” said Senator Morgan.
Morgan said that the bill would require that signage stating “if you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave- whether it is commercial sex, housework, farm work, or any other activity – call the National Human Trafficking Resources Center Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 to access help and services.”
The signs would be posted in transportation stations, rest areas and welcome centers. The targeted establishments could also include massage parlors, spas, strip clubs and other sexually-oriented businesses.
“I’m hopeful that providing this kind of resource will provide much-needed help to those who are being victimized,” Morgan said.
The legislation now is scheduled to be heard before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the rise of the Senate on Tuesday, March 7 in Room 313.
Related Slideshow: Rhode Island Communities with the Most Sex Offenders
The State of Rhode Island Parole Board and Sex Offender Community Notification Unit provides a searchable online database of Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders, which are "moderate risk" offender and "high risk" offenders, searchable by city and town, zip code, or offender level. Not all towns in the state have registered sex offenders in the database.
In addition, categories include "whereabouts unknown", "moved out of state", "incarcerated out of state", "deported", and "deceased."
Below are the sex offenders registered on the site as of November 2013, ranked accoring to offenders per capita in each community -- which can change daily. The population numbers are taken from Rhode Island DLT 2011 estimates.
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