Pa. Senate committee approves human trafficking hotline legislation

    Pennsylvania’s Senate Labor and Industry Committee yesterday approved a bill that would require several types of businesses around the state to post the human trafficking hotline number.

    “Human trafficking is a dark issue that no one wants to talk about and that no one thinks can happen in their communities, but it can happen anywhere,” Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Delaware/Montgomery, said of the bill.

    Under Senate Bill 338, establishments with a liquor license, those offering massage services, spas, hotels and motels found to be a nuisance, adult entertainment clubs and places of transit will be required to post the Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline. The free, 24/7 hotline is meant to be a resource for individuals to report suspicious activity.

    The next stop for the bill is the Senate floor.

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