Missing children and trafficked children

H.E.A. 1216, P.L. 23-2015
Effective: July 1, 2015

Requires the superintendent of the State Police Department to: (1) provide a written informational pamphlet that includes information concerning the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Runaway Safeline; and (2) distribute the pamphlet to every law enforcement agency. Requires a law enforcement agency to provide the pamphlet to a person making a report of a missing child at the time the person makes the report.

Provides a defense to the crime of prostitution if the person was a child who was a victim or alleged victim of human or sexual trafficking at the time the person engaged in the prohibited conduct.

Requires a law enforcement agency to immediately contact the Department of Child Services if the law enforcement agency detains an alleged victim of human or sexual trafficking who is less than 18 years of age.

The full law is available at: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/house/1216