In 2014 New Jersey's own MetLife Stadium will be the stage of Super
Bowl XLVIII. Many people consider such a high-profile sporting event a
boon to a region's economy, offering a boost to local businesses like
restaurants, hotels and merchandise suppliers. However, many people may
not have considered that with increased tourism traffic can come a jump in
With that in mind, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently signed into
law a piece of legislation that is aimed at cracking down on sex trafficking
before the big game hits the state. The new law puts hasher penalties
in place for websites that contain advertisements for minors, requiring
them to verify that all advertisers are of legal age. In addition, those
who engage in human trafficking may be fined a minimum of $25,000.
Unfortunately, prostitution sometimes involves the exploitation of women
and minors, some of whom essentially live in modern-day slavery. The new
law creates "john schools" that are intended to educate patrons
of those involved in human trafficking about its implications. The law
also creates a task force to study human trafficking and make recommendations
surrounding future laws.
While the bill may have the greatest impact on prostitution it applies
to all forms of human trafficking, including forced labor. It also provides
a break to victims of trafficking, allowing them to have a criminal conviction
vacated if they were forced to commit a crime by their traffickers.
Being accused of a sex crime, whether it's prostitution, solicitation
or another offense, can be expensive, humiliating and disruptive to your
life. If you are facing charges consider speaking with an attorney.
Source: The Express-Times, "New Jersey tightens human trafficking laws ahead of Super Bowl," May 6, 2013