The Arkansas Human Trafficking Act of 2013 will be up for discussion by lawmakers during a Tuesday Judiciary Committee Hearing for the House of Representatives.
After low rankings by national trafficking organizations -- legislators have spent the past two years revamping regulations and the law.
This bill outlines stiffer penalties for traffickers, allows seizure of assets -- hitting those who drive the industry in the pocketbook where it hurts.
But those who work on the victim recovery side like Louise Allison, a former victim herself, they're excited the bill includes damages for those who have been trafficked and that it reduces the risk of prosecution for victims.
Advocates believe the bill sends a message not only to traffickers but also those who can be helped.
"I would have loved as a kid when it was happening to me to know I had some place to go or something to do and that it was wrong and against the law and what was happening to me was wrong. I would be horrified if this happened to my daughter and I would my kids and my grand kids protected," said Allison, executive director of Partners Against Trafficking Humans.
The bill would also develop a human trafficking task force made up of elected officials, law enforcement, and advocates. It goes before the house judiciary committee tomorrow morning, we'll keep you updated on its progress.