OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Two bills related to human trafficking in Washington state have passed the House.
Under House Bill 2644, which passed by a vote of 87-10 yesterday, coercion of involuntary servitude would be made a crime. It would be illegal, under the measure, to coerce someone to perform labor or services by withholding or threatening to withhold or destroy someone's immigration documents.
Threatening to tell law enforcement officials that someone is in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws as part of coercion would also be a crime.
House Bill 1791, which passed unanimously yesterday, would add the offense of trafficking in the first degree under the umbrella of sex offenses. Under the measure it could then be used in trafficking prostitution cases.
Both bills will head next to the Senate for consideration.