MADISON (WKOW) -- A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is sponsoring legislation that would strengthen Wisconsin's human trafficking laws and do more to protect the victims of sex offenses and domestic abuse.
Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) authored companion bills which change a number of criminal statutes.
Current law provides that human trafficking has only occurred if it is done without the consent of the individual being trafficked. The bills eliminate that requirement.
Current law also states that a person who engages in trafficking for the purposes of labor, services, or a commercial sex act is guilty of a felony if the trafficking is done by causing or threatening to cause harm to any individual; restraining or threatening to restrain any individual; or controlling any individual's access to an addictive controlled substance. The bills add threatening to control any individual's access to an addictive controlled substance; using any scheme, pattern, or other means to coerce, threaten, or intimidate any individual; using or threatening to use force or violence on any individual; and causing or threatening to cause any individual to do any act against the individual's will or without the individual's consent.
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