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Wallace Bill to Require Human Trafficking Course in CDL Training Sent to Governor

07/28/2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Following bipartisan support, a measure sponsored by state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, that would require commercial driver’s license (CDL) applicants to receive information on human trafficking prevention has been sent to the governor for approval.

“A lot of people do not realize that human trafficking does occur in our country and our state,” Wallace said. “This proposal aims to help recognize and prevent this inhumane practice by teaching our state’s commercial drivers about trafficking during their training process.”

Once signed into law, House Bill 1677 would require the Secretary of State to incorporate a course on human trafficking within the training curriculum of accredited CDL education programs. Human trafficking, which typically forces individuals into involuntary labor or uses them for sexual exploitation, is estimated to affect between 14,500 and 17,500 individuals within the United States. Globally, human trafficking victimizes more than 20 million people.

“Human traffickers use the same roads and expressways that you and I share,” Wallace said. “By having more drivers aware of the warning signs of trafficking, we can hopefully help save lives and better prevent this disgusting practice in Illinois.”


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