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Update on Judiciary Subcommittee Debate

February 25, 2012
Your advocacy at the Statehouse really pushed it forward. That day and all that it accomplished – that was a historical milestone. This Wednesday we witnessed another milestone laid to rest. Thanks to those wo testified about human trafficking and your singular efforts, including the SC League of Women Voters   USC School of Social Work students, SCCADVASA, Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, and Laura Hudson and Tammy Besherse, the two who worked diligently on this bill, the Subcommittee voted to amend H.3757 with the newly reworded bill as introduced in the Senate and is now S.1135.  The House bill will keep the same number.  The House and Senate bills are now twin bills exactly. We are truly grateful.
What’s next?  We need to ask our Senators to co-sponsor S.1135, and we need urgently to ask the House Judiciary members to co-sponsor and support H.3757.  We need you write the House Judiciary Criminal Law Subcommittee Chairman Bruce Bannister, to thank the committee for giving this bill its serious consideration, and to ask for the Subcommittee to move the bill to the full Judiciary Committee as soon as possible. We need South Carolina to stand shoulder to shoulder with the other 42 States with state human trafficking laws already on the books.
Chairman Bannister mentioned that they will schedule another hearing, and possibly one other depending on the deliberations.  We’ll watch for that hearing, and I’ll send an Advocate Alert on notice.
Keep the pressure on.  Thank you. Enjoy your weekend.
Ciao,
Betty
Human Trafficking, South CarolinaPS:  Rachel Lloyd’s book, Girls Like Us, is now in soft cover – or will be — and can be purchased at a special pre-order price — onamazon.com   Her book about her experience as a victim of trafficking at age 13, and the work her organization, GEMS, is doing today to restore and reintegrate victims of human trafficking.
Betty J. Houbion
843.357.7010  [H]
847.373.4158  [C]
South Carolina
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  1. Thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of victims of human trafficking in South Carolina and beyond!

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