A measure designed to protect Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens is House Bill 3, a bipartisan bill that passed the Senate this week. The measure will help victims of human trafficking by adding that crime to the Commonwealth’s abuse and neglect statutes, in turn stiffening penalties. House Bill 3 would protect victims from prosecution for forced crimes, providing specific treatment options instead. It would also create a victim assistance fund and would make training available for law enforcement in the identification and control of these crimes. I would like to commend the Sisters of Loretto, the Sisters of Charity in Bardstown, and the Dominican Sisters of Springfield for their hard work and dedication on this issue. This is a perfect example of how constituents calls and participation in the process helps move good legislation forward.

By Sen. Jimmy Higdon