Session Wrap: Hawaii Gets A Human Trafficking Bill05/09/2011
What a difference a year makes.
Victims advocates came very close to seeing Hawaii's first human trafficking legislation become law last year. But after law enforcement, prosecutors and public defenders alike filed protests, then-Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed it.
Fast forward a year.
Both a labor trafficking bill and one to toughen existing prostitution laws — and address sex trafficking — have made it to the governor's desk. And this time, law enforcement and victims advocates appear to agree. There's no indication Gov. Neil Abercrombie will veto them.
That law enforcement and human trafficking victims' advocates managed to agree on the issues is remarkable, given that they started with conflicting positions at the beginning of the session.