The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously passed a bill to combat human trafficking.
Senate Bill 75, introduced with Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, would more clearly define human trafficking and increase the fines and penalties for the crime.
The bill would also create the Pennsylvania Council for the Prevention of Human Trafficking, increase training for first responders, and raise awareness of the crime.
Victims could not be punished as criminals and could also receive restitution from their traffickers.
The bill now moves to the state House of Representatives for consideration.