HB16-1224

HB16-1224 - Treat Trafficking Of Children As Child Abuse

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning Child Abuse Involving Human Trafficking Of Minors.

The bill amends the statutory definition of "child abuse or neglect" to include any case in which a child is subjected to human trafficking for involuntary servitude or human trafficking for sexual servitude.

If a county or district department of human or social services (county department) reasonably believes that a child has been subjected to human trafficking, it shall immediately offer social services to the child and to his or her family, and the county department may file a petition in court on behalf of the child. If immediate removal is necessary to protect the child or other children under the same care from further abuse, the child or children may be placed in protective custody.

The department of human services and each county department shall implement a uniform screening tool that includes questions that are intended to identify children who are victims of human trafficking for involuntary servitude or human trafficking for sexual servitude or who are at risk of being such victims.

Senate Committees

Latest update: April 15, 2016
04/15/2016 Governor Signed
04/11/2016 Sent to the Governor
04/11/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
04/07/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/01/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
03/31/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/30/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
03/28/2016 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/15/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
03/15/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/14/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
03/08/2016 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
02/04/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services