Helena – Montana’s largest newspaper published an editorial on the importance of fighting to end human trafficking in Montana—and called out East Coast developer and State Frauditor Matt Rosendale for voting against one of the most critical pieces of anti-trafficking legislation that our state has ever seen.
In 2015, the Montana state legislature passed a widely supported, bipartisan bill to crack down on human trafficking in Montana, improve victims’ rights, and require convicted perpetrators to register as sex offenders. Shamefully, Rosendale was one of only seven state senators to vote against the groundbreaking legislation.
Since the bill—pushed by Republican Attorney General Tim Fox—was signed into law, Montana rescued 83 percent more adult trafficking victims and rescued 400 percent more juvenile trafficking victims from 2015-2016. And because of the law Rosendale opposed, Montana’s child sex trafficking prevention rating improved from a “D” to an “A” on a national nonprofit’s report card.
See what the Billings Gazette editorial board had to say about it:
Billings Gazette: Stop human trafficking in Montana
July 30, 2018
- “In 2015, the Montana Legislature and Gov. Steve Bullock changed state law to recognize that victims of human trafficking need help, rather than prosecution. The new law also added criminal penalties for traffickers and requires law enforcement officers to be trained in detecting human trafficking.”
- “Seven senators voted against the anti-trafficking legislation. We’re naming them here because some of them are on the November ballot and we think voters ought to know their record on this disturbing issue. The ‘no’ votes were […] Matt Rosendale.”
- “The law pays particular attention to protecting the children who are forced into the sex trade. Some research indicates that three of four adult prostitutes first became involved sex for hire as children.”
- “The truth about trafficking in Montana is disturbing, because it’s happening in our community in businesses and homes. Fortunately, more Montanans are starting to look for the signs that an individual is being trafficked.”
- “… adults and children have been forced and coerced into the commercial sex trade right here in Billings and in other Montana communities. It’s going take all of us Montanans, working together, to stop human trafficking.”
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