Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley submitted legislation at the State House Thursday that she says would give law enforcement more tools to crack down on human trafficking.
"This bill will be an important first step to combat what is an egregious crime of human trafficking, both for sexual servitude, and for labor," Coakley said. "It is a public safety issue, and it is a human rights issue."
It's hard to believe that the law isn't already pretty tough on slavery, but Coakley painted a grim picture of forced labor markets that might not fit so neatly into older legal boxes. WBUR's Steve Brown was at the State House and brings us the latest news.
This segment aired on January 20, 2011.