Criminal Offenses

Trafficking of Persons and Involuntary Servitude

SECTION 11-67-7

§ 11-67-7 Interagency task force on trafficking in persons created – Composition – Duties and responsibilities.

(a) There is hereby created an interagency human trafficking of persons task force which will examine and report upon the extent of the existence of human trafficking for commercial sexual activity within the State of Rhode Island. The task force shall consist of the attorney general or his or her designee; the superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police or his or her designee; the director of the Municipal Police Training Academy or his or her designee; the Chief of Police of the City of Providence or his or her designee; the President of the Rhode Island Police Chief's Association or his or designee; the public defender or his or her designee; and the director of the Rhode Island Commission on Women or his or her designee.

(b) Additionally, the governor, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house shall each appoint three (3) members of the public who have a special expertise dealing with victims of crimes; the behavioral needs of women and children; social welfare issues such as the financial, healthcare, housing and literacy needs of women, children and low-income individuals; social justice and human rights issues; issues facing immigrants and non-citizens, civil rights; and/or specialized training in human trafficking and the needs of victims of human trafficking.

(c) A quorum of the committee shall consist of at least eight (8) of its members. The task force shall elect a chairperson.

(d) On or before December 31, 2010, the task force shall submit to the Governor, the Attorney General, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate a report setting forth its findings as to the extent to which human trafficking for commercial sexual activity is occurring in this State and making such recommendations as it deems appropriate for legislative and executive action relating to the enforcement of this chapter and the provision of social services to victims of human trafficking.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2009, ch. 188, § 2; P.L. 2009, ch. 192, § 2.)