TRENTON, N.J. – The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking has named Assemblyman Ron Dancer a 2019 Advocacy Champion for his efforts in fighting the growing crime. January is human trafficking prevention month.
“Anyone can be a victim of this modern day slavery,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Millions of people around the world are victims of sex or labor trafficking, including in our own back yards in New Jersey. Our state is a prime spot due to being a corridor state between New York and Philadelphia with easy access to major interstates, airports and seaports.”
Dancer received the award earlier this week at a legislative networking luncheon at the State house for his work in helping abolishing the crime. This session alone, he has sponsored six bills, including expanding Megan’s Law registration requirements to include human traffickers (A2846) and amending the state’s wiretapping and electronic surveillance control act authorizing wiretapping for investigations of all crimes involving human trafficking (A2999).
“This recognition is especially meaningful because we are talking about preventing women and children from being forcibly taken from their families and sold for sex or labor,” concluded Dancer. “I would like to thank the coalition for this honor and for its work in helping battle this scourge on humanity.”
Human trafficking is the world’s fastest-growing criminal industry, second only to drug and arms dealing. Traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to lure its victims. There were 98 cases reported in New Jersey in 2018, involving a nearly equal number of adults and minors, with 189 calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Since 2007, 1,492 residents have been human trafficking victims.