Deseret News
Letter to the editor

I would like to applaud the Utah state Legislature for voting "yes" on House bill 20. HB20 creates a first-degree felony offense for trafficking a vulnerable adult in addition to clarifying and directing law enforcement to investigate possible human trafficking of a child when they encounter a child engaged in commercial sex.

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This bill is an important piece of legislation that moves our community to a safer place. According to the Utah Department of Health, nearly 1 in 6 women and 1 in 32 men experience rape or attempted rape during their lifetime. Rape is also the only violent crime in Utah that is above the national average.

HB20 is a needed and important step in changing these statistics to reflect the values of Utah and to protect those most vulnerable in our state. I am proud of my leaders and their active actions to ensure continued safety for our communities.

Aspen Dalton