Martinez measure expanding protections for trafficking victims now law

martinez 053018CHICAGO — All victims of human trafficking will have additional protection under a new law passed by Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago).

The law amends the Predator Accountability Act by expanding the protections available to sex trafficking victims to victims of involuntary servitude and labor trafficking.

“The sex trafficking trade is horrible, there are other forms of forced labor,” Martinez said. “We must protect anyone who is made to work against their will.”

Previously, people who have been subjected to the sex trade had the ability to seek civil damages and remedies, but that law did not extend to other forms of trafficking. 

The International Labor Organization estimates that almost 25 million people are trafficked worldwide annually. Of these, the majority (68 percent) are exploited for labor. Forced labor occurs in many different industries, but large numbers of people were forced into work in construction, manufacturing and agriculture.

Senate Bill 3108 takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

Senator Iris Y. Martinez

Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez

Assistant Majority Leader
20th District

Years served:
2003 - Present
Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Education; Energy and Public Utilities; Executive; Government Accountability/Pensions (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Gov. Operations; Pension Investments Special Com. On (Co-Chairperson); Revenue (Vice-Chairperson).

Biography: Born Feb. 25, 1956, in Chicago; earned her bachelor's degree in public policy and administration from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009; elected president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. She is also the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Co-Chair; has one daughter.

Associated Representatives:
Jaime M. Andrade, Jr.
Will Guzzardi