The Washington Senate has approved legislation by Rep. Debra Entenman (D-Kent) that takes on sex traffickers who attempt to circumvent no-contact orders placed against them by their victims. The legislation, HB 1055, passed both chambers of the Legislature with a unanimous vote, and heads to the governor’s desk.
“Young women and teenagers are brought to this country and forced into prostitution. It is horrendous and it must be stopped. That is why I am so proud my first bill to pass the Legislature goes after the promoters of this crime,” said Entenman.
Under this new legislation, when there is probable cause a person under investigation for sex trafficking violates a no-contact order for Promoting Prostitution and Trafficking by contacting their victims, law enforcement can arrest the trafficker without a warrant – something that already exists for many no-contact orders already. Traffickers often violate their no-contact orders in order to intimidate or physically harm their victims and law enforcement loses valuable time stopping those abusers while having to pursue a warrant from a judge.