On July 19, 2004, the U.S. Department of Justice published a Model State Trafficking Law developed by the Trafficking in Persons and Worker Exploitation Task Force. This Task Force coordinates U.S. federal agency action to prevent and prosecute trafficking in persons and worker exploitation in the United States. The Model State Trafficking Law is designed to be a model for U.S. state amendments to state criminal codes.
The Model State Trafficking Law was introduced at the U.S. Department of Justice Conference on Human Trafficking held July 15-17, 2004 in Tampa, Florida. In remarks delivered at the conference, Assistant Attorney General Daniel J. Bryant outlined ways the model law will help overall U.S. efforts to combat trafficking: “…[T]he model state law will help ensure that there are no legal gaps in the nation’s efforts to combat trafficking.” With state and local law enforcement largely on the front lines in trafficking cases, this law will “foster an effective, seamless partnership among federal, state, and local efforts.” (Cited from remarks by Assistant Attorney General Daniel J. Bryant)
Webpage of the U.S. Department of Justice Trafficking in Persons and Worker Exploitation Task Force, accessed 30 July 2004.
Webpage of the U.S. Department of Justice National Conference on Human Trafficking, accessed 30 July 2004.