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State lawmakers want signs for trafficking victims

By Anita Hofschneider

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:54 a.m. HST, Feb 13, 2013

Hawaii representatives are pushing forward a bill that would require certain businesses to post signs with information on resources for victims of human trafficking.

The bill would require massage parlors, large farms, hospital emergency rooms and certain alcoholic establishments to post the signs.

The House committees on the judiciary and consumer protection approved the measure this week.

Anti-trafficking organizations say they strongly support the bill.

House Majority Floor Leader Karen Awana says the proposal didn't receive any testimony from massage parlors, farms or other businesses that would be affected.

Hawaii was the site of the largest human trafficking case in the nation last year when a California-based business was accused of exploiting 600 Thai farm workers.

The state passed its first anti-trafficking law in 2011.

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soundofreason wrote:
"The state passed its first anti-trafficking law in 2011.">>>The good news is, thanks to Hawaii's priorities, you can still rape a child and be out on the streets in just a couple of years due to NO version of Jessica's Law being on the books. Hannabusa says she in Jessica's Law - she just chooses not to make it happen............apparently.
on February 13,2013 | 05:18AM
allie wrote:
Gambling and prostitution have a long history in this town. Yet we pretend it does not happen. Post the signs!
on February 13,2013 | 05:21AM
soundofreason wrote:
or some..........red lights. Yeah, that's the ticket.
on February 13,2013 | 07:21PM
DABLACK wrote:
Honolulu has got to be proactive....instead of reactionary. Our lawmakers only address the facts after trouble happens. We no need "firefighters" in the legislators. What about the citizens who are forced to cross the streets in unlit crosswalks ??
on February 13,2013 | 07:06AM
Dragonman wrote:
Thats our state legislature. Address the little issues ( posting signs ) and don't address the big ones.
on February 13,2013 | 07:58AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Trafficking for us, might be opportunity for others.
on February 13,2013 | 08:00AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
"Hawaii was the site of the largest human trafficking case in the nation last year when a California-based business was accused of exploiting 600 Thai farm workers." And what was the outcome of this case? The feds dropped it.
on February 13,2013 | 08:02AM
atilter wrote:
manini is as manini does and THINKS! another BANDAID on social booboo - to read, no less! another problem solved!!! yay!
on February 13,2013 | 08:26AM
Waterman2 wrote:
Yup, Crooks will surely post the signs saying "I am a crook" GMAB
on February 13,2013 | 09:30AM
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