Governor Christie Signs NJAA Supported Bipartisan Bill to Combat Human Trafficking

On Monday, May 6, Governor Christie signed into law A-3352, the "Human Trafficking Prevention, Protection and Treatment Act."

The bipartisan measure aims to raise awareness and strengthen the tools available to combat human trafficking. In New Jersey, human trafficking occurs when someone knowingly holds, entices, harbors, transports, provides or obtains by any means another person to engage in sexual activity or to provide labor or services.  Human trafficking does not require movement of people across borders and is often called modern day slavery. FBI estimates suggest that more than a half million people -- primarily immigrants, women, and children -- are trafficked in the Unites States annually. 

The NJAA worked with Assembly sponsors on this important legislation to ensure that apartment owners are given the legal tools they need to respond when apartments are used for such purposes. Accordingly, the law creates a new cause for eviction, (r), for engaging in activities related to human trafficking on the premises of an apartment.

Click here for the U.S. Department of State's "Trafficking In Persons Report" and click here for a copy of A-3352 as enacted.