Bill to Increase Human Trafficking Penalty in Md. Dies in Committee

Posted on June 04, 2015 

By Jon Banister, Lisa Driscoll and Jessica Evans 

This story is part of an investigative series on human trafficking in Maryland. 

ANNAPOLIS -- Maryland has some of the lightest penalties in the nation for human trafficking of adults, which police officers and advocates say draws traffickers into the state. 

A bill to strengthen trafficking penalties died in the Maryland General Assembly this session. Among the biggest opponents were advocacy groups working to end trafficking, who said the bill might have ensnared people trying to help a victim and imposed felony penalties on them...