NEW HAVEN, Conn. – State Rep. Stephen Harding (R-107) recently took part in the New Haven Film Festival & Human Rights Summit at Gateway Community College in New Haven.
“This is among the most appalling and disturbing issues we face today, and I will continue to fight to see the end of it,” said Harding, who represents the 107th District of Brookfield, Bethel and Danbury.
“Trafficking must be shut down. Last session we signed into law a requirement that the Department of Public Health augment their services to human trafficking victims, and that Connecticut criminal laws concerning trafficking with a minor be intensified. I hope to make further progress this session,” he said.
Joining Harding at the event was state Rep. Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-70).
Human trafficking is the buying, selling and smuggling of people to profit from their forced labor or sexual servitude. While every state criminalizes at least some trafficking activity, Connecticut lawmakers continue to explore new methods to combat traffickers and provide support for victims.
During a panel discussion on the "Legislative Side of Human Trafficking Issues in Connecticut" the two representative along with others discussed the steps Connecticut has already taken to protect victims of human trafficking and their priorities for future legislation and programs aimed at assisting future victims.
“The Connecticut legislature, local and state police and other concerned stakeholders have been working diligently to address the growing problem of human trafficking and I am confident that with increased awareness and tougher penalties on those who perpetuate such heinous crimes we are having a positive impact on victims’ lives,” Rebimbas said. “By holding criminals accountable, and removing the potential of financial gain, we can stop these horrendous crimes and punish those responsible.”
The summit was sponsored by the Shine the Light Foundation and held in conjunction with the New Haven Film Festival. Rep. Rebimbas represents the 70th District of Naugatuck.
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