HB1562 becomes law, adding protections for survivors of sex trafficking and stalking
Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) CEO Colleen Coble was in Jackson County on June 22 as Gov. Jay Nixon signed HB1562 into law. The bill adds several protections for survivors of sex trafficking, stalking and child abuse.
The law will address the following areas.
- Sex trafficking offenses: Adds to current adult and child sex trafficking offenses the element of advertising the availability of an adult or child for sexual activities;
- Safe at Home program: Adds trafficking victims to the Safe at Home address confidentiality program that currently provides an alternate legal mailing address for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking;
- Stalking offenses: Adds an element to the crime of aggravated stalking (stalking, first degree, as of January 2017) the attempt to obtain the address/contact information of a participant in the Safe at Home program; and
- Forensic evidence in child sexual abuse cases: Places protections on forensic evidence in child sexual abuse criminal cases.
This bill will help many survivors of sex trafficking, stalking and sexual abuse. To find out more about this bill and how MCADSV's supported it, read our End of Session Legislative Update here.
HB1562 was signed into law by Gov. Jay Nixon on June 22 in Jackson County, Missouri. Gov. Nixon (left),
bill sponsor Rep. Elijah Haahr, Rep. Randy Dunn, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and
Secretary of State Jason Kander commemorate the event. Photo by MCADSV.