HELENA — Former state Rep. Jenifer Gursky says she resigned from the Legislature to take a job in Helena.
Twelve years ago, John Bohlinger, then a state senator from Billings, told his legislative colleagues a shocking story of young Montana women forced into prostitution in our state where low-penalty laws made prosecution of pimps almost impossible.
Rep. Jenifer Gursky of Missoula, right, talks with a legislative staffer after a committee hearing on Friday in Helena. Gursky is working on human trafficking legislation.
HELENA — Montana lawmakers are looking at ways to prevent and punish human trafficking in response to reports of increased prostitution in Eastern Montana communities teeming with people who have come to find work in the Bakken oil boom.
Human trafficking is happening in the United States, and impacts more than 100,000 American children every year. Today, we write to commemorate National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and introduce bipartisan legislation to protect Montana’s most vulnerable citizens.