Rep Lucido legislation to help human trafficking victims approved by House

first_img Categories: Lucido News,News 17May Rep. Lucido legislation to help human trafficking victims approved by House The state House today approved legislation by state Rep. Peter Lucido, of Shelby Township, to allow expert testimony during human trafficking cases.“Expert witnesses are another reliable resource to go with victims’ testimony,” said Lucido, who serves as vice-chair on the House Law and Justice Committee. “We must give the victims an additional credible voice as an option to be used in these cases. Psychologists can talk about sex abuse, controlling behavior and physical or mental trauma, which these victims often are subjected to in this type of environment.”House Bill 4211, which advances to the Senate, follows the recommendation of the Human Trafficking Commission.“Human trafficking is a brutal crime, one that can affect its victims for life,” Lucido said. “We allow experts to testify on the mental impact for other serious crimes, so it makes sense to allow that added professional perspective be admitted for the judge and jury to consider in these cases.”last_img

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