Governor signs two laws aiming to protect Indiana children

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 13, 2015) - Two big pieces of legislation are officially law in Indiana. On Monday, Governor Mike Pence signed into law two measures that aim to protect Hoosier children.

One law is the first of its kind in the country, aiming to cut down on child sex trafficking.

“We will not stand idly by while this occurs in our state and this legislation is a much needed step towards combating human trafficking as it takes place here in Indiana,” said Pence.

Pence signed a law Monday that aims to cut back on child sex trafficking. No longer in Indiana will kids arrested for prostitution be considered criminals, they are now defined as victims. Law enforcement is now responsible for passing any kids found in connection to human trafficking on to the Department of Child Services.

Next, Pence signed an expansion of the state’s Good Samaritan law. The newly signed provision pertains to rescuing kids from hot cars.

“It’s about protecting countless Good Samaritans who epitomize the goodness, generosity, and compassion of the people of our state and it is common sense legislation,” said Pence.

“There was something though in Atlanta I believe where a child was rescued by a person walking by who happened to be a doctor and unfortunately the owner of the car tried to get damages from the person that broke the window,” said the bill’s sponsor, State Representative Phil GiaQuinta (D-Fort Wayne).

Before now in Indiana, if you broke into a hot car to rescue a child, you could be sued for damage to that vehicle. That is no longer the case. Good Samaritans are now protected under this clarification.

“We would like for the adult to call 911 first so that maybe they can guide them in rescuing the child but obviously if they’re in a hurry they should just feel free to go ahead and break into the car and rescue the child,” said GiaQuinta.

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