Today, Council Bill 39-15 was enacted by the Montgomery County Council by unanimous vote to help combat human trafficking. Councilmember Hucker introduced the legislation with Councilmember Craig Rice.
Councilmember Hucker made this statement after the bill’s passage, “Thanks to co-lead sponsor Craig Rice and all my other Montgomery County MD Council colleagues for their unanimous support of my legislation to establish a strong new disincentive to dry up the market for human trafficking in Montgomery County. We need to send a message to traffickers that they’re not welcome here, and today we did that. Thanks to the Montgomery County Police Department (Official), Archdiocese of Washington, Montgomery County Commission for Women, Safe Silver Spring, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Montgomery County NOW and all the other advocates!”
In recent years, Montgomery County has become a thriving location for human sex trafficking due to its location along the I-95 corridor, low crime rate, and high disposable income. Council Bill 39-15 gives Montgomery County Police the authority to issue civil or criminal citations to anyone looking to purchase sex in the county. The U.S. Department of Justice has found this demand-reduction approach to be effective at combating human trafficking.
The office is continuing to work with the Montgomery County Human Trafficking Task Force, advocacy groups, and stakeholders on other solutions to combat this pressing issue.