Human Trafficking Enactment Database


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NCSL has partnered with the federal Office for Victims of Crime to develop a database of state human trafficking enactments.

Use this database to search recently enacted legislation by state, topic, keyword, year (since 2015) or primary author. To select multiple items (e.g., state or topic) in the database lists, click in the check boxes next to your desired selections. To select all items click on the All Topics or All States box.

Bills may appear twice in carry over states. In these states, please check the last date of action to ensure the status of the bill reflects the appropriate year.

For faster performance, please use the fields below to filter your results. If you select nothing, the default search will pick up all topics and states in the most recent session year available. The full text of bills is available by clicking on the bill number. This feature is available for bills from 2015 and later.

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  • Trafficking of Children and YouthAddresses laws that that involve minors in human trafficking. 
  • Labor Trafficking CrimesAddresses laws that provide criminal penalties for labor trafficking or laws that expressly address antilabor trafficking efforts. 
  • Sex Trafficking CrimesAddresses laws that provide criminal penalties for sex trafficking or laws that expressly address anti-sex trafficking efforts. 
  • Services and Protections for Trafficking SurvivorsAddresses laws that provide services to survivors of trafficking crimes.  
  • Judicial Options for SurvivorsAddresses laws that provide survivors of trafficking crimes with judicial protections or options. Laws include prosecutorial immunity, affirmative defenses and civil standing.
  • PurchasersAddresses laws that provide criminal penalties or diversion programs for those who purchase commercial sex involving trafficked persons.
  • Business Regulations and LicensingAddresses laws that regulate businesses, establish licensing standards, or requires private sector training related to human trafficking.
  • Prevention and AwarenessAddresses laws concerning the human trafficking hotline, proclamations of awareness and public sector training requirements. 
  • Coordination/Study of Trafficking EffortsAddresses laws that create study groups, coordinating committees or pilot programs. Includes any law that charges a state entity with responsibilities related to trafficking. 
  • Child Welfare AdministrationAddresses laws related to the intersection of human trafficking and child welfare populations and agencies
  • Funding, Fines and AppropriationsAddresses laws that provide appropriations for antitrafficking efforts, establishes a fine for trafficking crimes, creates or amends funds for antitrafficking efforts or services, or sets forfeiture procedures for assets involved in trafficking crimes. 
  • MiscellaneousAddresses miscellaneous categories, including laws that include trafficking crimes in sex offender registration requirements and laws that prohibit the release of public records concerning trafficking survivors.

This webpage was supported by grant number 2015-VF-GX-K021, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.