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States are increasingly protecting the victims of human trafficking and punishing employers and others who coerce immigrants to perform labor under threat. 

  • In 2006, Colorado enacted SB 06S-005, and in 2007, Virginia enacted a similar bill, HB 1921, to make it a felony to coerce labor by threatening to destroy documents relating to a person's immigration status or by threatening to notify law enforcement that a person is in violation of federal immigration law.  
  • In 2008, anti-trafficking laws were passed in Maine (LD 461), New Mexico (SB 71), Oklahoma (HB 1021), Utah (HB 339, amending SB 81), Tennessee (HB 71), and Missouri (comprehensive anti-immigrant bill HB 1549).