Attorney General Martha Coakley joined with law enforcement and elected officials today to present recommendations to the state Legislature on how to crack down on human trafficking, a brutal and often invisible enterprise that drags countless victims into prostitution and forced labor in Massachusetts each year.
“These are victims often with no voice of their own and very few voices to speak for them,” Coakley said in a news conference at her office. “Unlike the sale of guns and drugs, which are sold out of the traffickers’ inventory, a trafficked person may be sold over and over again, for sex or labor or both.”
Her recommendations stem from the work of a 19-member task force of legislators, law enforcement officials, victims’ services workers, and survivors formed in 2011 after the signing of the state’s human trafficking law.
Among their recommendations: Creating a pilot safe house program for people escaping the trade and a data collection program to keep track of traffickers and their victims.