Nov. 6, 2010
BOSTON — Activists are calling for tougher state legislation to combat human trafficking in Massachusetts.
As a four-day film forum on sex trafficking wrapped up Sunday night in Cambridge, its organizers turned their attention toward a sexual trafficking bill currently stuck in committee in the Massachusetts State House.
"I'd like to see the bill be taken seriously and have it pass," said Alicia Wynn, a Suffolk University law professor and co-organizer of the film forum. "It's been going on for four or five years , may be longer and there’s no reason for it, except for infighting among the authors and contributors of the bill and we really need to focus on the victims."
Organizers of this weekend’s trafficking film forum say the bill would give victims more protections, and law enforcemment more statutory powers. House Speaker Robert Deleo’s office has chosen so far not to comment on the lingering legislation.
Human Rights & Sex Trafficking: A Film Forum featured 12 documentaries about international, cross-border and domestic sex trafficking. WGBH's Phillip Martin acted as a panelist for one of the events.
FROM WGBH: THE TRAFFICKING CRISIS IN BOSTON
MOVIOLA: SEX TRAFFICKING FILM FORUM OPENS