The first of a package of state-specific human trafficking prevention bills has been signed into law as of February 5, 2020. Known as Senate Bill 60, the new law is an amendment to Titles 18 (crimes/offenses) and 42 (judicial procedures) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.

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The new amendment will go into effect on April 5, 2020. With these changes, penalties will be increased for trafficking. Minimum fines are now $1,000 - previously $500, and the maximum has been increased to $50,000. Jail time for these offenses can now range from 20 to 40 years.

Furthermore, both human trafficking and knowingly patronizing a victim of sexual servitude have been reclassified as first degree felonies - they were previously classified as second degree felonies.

The rest of the package of human trafficking bills, House Bills 161; 2174; 2175; 1276; 1277; and 1278 have been approved by Pennsylvania's House of Representatives and are awaiting Senate approval.

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