UW Women's Center

State Legislation


Washington State Legislation Addressing

Human Trafficking: Adult and Minors

Provided by the office of Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (36th Legislative District)

2012 Proposed Legislation

  • Senate Bill 6251 regulates advertising of commercial sexual abuse of a minor. (Kohl-Welles/Katherine Taylor)
  • Senate Bill 6252 addresses commercial sexual abuse of a minor and promoting prostitution in the first degree. (Kline/Aldo Melchiori)
  • Senate Bill 6253 concerns seizure and forfeiture of property in commercial sexual abuse of a minor and promoting prostitution in the first degree crimes. (Eide/Aldo Melchiori)
  • Senate Bill 6254 changes promoting prostitution provisions. (Delvin/Aldo Melchiori)
  • Senate Bill 6255 concerns victims of human trafficking and promoting prostitution. (Fraser/Aldo Melchiori)
  • Senate Bill 6256 adds commercial sexual abuse of a minor to the list of criminal street gang-related offenses. (Conway/Juliana Roe)
  • Senate Bill 6257 addresses sexually explicit performance. (Roach/Juliana Roe)
  • Senate Bill 6259 addresses restitution for human trafficking and prostitution. (Shin/Juliana Roe)
  • Senate Bill 6260 revises registration requirements and fees charged for various criminal offenses. (Delvin/Juliana Roe)
  • Senate Bill 6258 concerns unaccompanied persons. (Stevens/Katherine Taylor)



  • Senate Bill 5482 authorizes local government to use affordable housing funds to provide housing assistance to victim of human trafficking and their families (Sen. Kohl Welles).
  • House Bill 1874 allows law enforcement officers to conduct surveillance operations on suspected human trafficking and child-prostitution activities with the consent of the victim.  It also authorizes prosecutors to request assistance from juveniles in the undercover surveillance of telephone communication in trafficking investigations without putting them in danger (Rep. Dickerson/Sen. Delvin)
  • Senate Bill 5546 amends the criminal definition of human trafficking to include the illegal harvesting or sale of human organs and broadens the scope of the crime to hold accountable criminals caught transporting of person despite knowing that the person will eventually be forced into prostitution or manual labor (Sen. Kohl-Welles).



  • Senate Bill 6332, builds on SB 5850 enacted in 2009, requires international labor recruiters and domestic employers of foreign workers to disclose federal and state labor laws to nonimmigrant workers and adds civil penalties (Sen. Kohl-Wells).
  • Senate Bill 6476 strengthens penalties on commercial sexual abuse of a minor and requires development of training of law enforcement officers (Sen. Stevens).
  • Senate Bill 6330 allows informational posters on domestic trafficking, including juveniles, to be posted at rest stops throughout our state which could be very helpful for individuals being taken to international events such as the Winter Olympics which were held in British Columbia (Sen. Kohl-Welles).



  • Senate Bill 5850– the first legislation of its kind in the nation- requires international labor recruiters and domestic employers of foreign workers to disclose labor laws to employees and works to provide health care providers information to help identify human trafficking victims (Sen. Kohl-Welles).
  • House Bill 1505 allows a prosecutor to divert a case where a juvenile agrees to participate in a program to provide wraparound services, including mental health counseling (Rep. Dickerson).



  • Senate Bill 6339 adds victims of human trafficking to the list of victims eligible for state’s address confidentiality program (Sen. Kohl-Wells).
  • Senate Bill 5718 creates a new crime of commercial sexual abuse of a minor, replacing the crime of patronizing a juvenile prostitute and adds an additional one-year penalty to the sentence of someone convicted of the most serious crimes of sexual abuse against children, if the offender paid to engage in the abuse (Sen. Kohl-Welles).









  • House Bill 1175 creates two crime definitions relating to human trafficking and expanded the definition of criminal profiteering in the Criminal Profiteering Act to include the crime of trafficking—making Washington the first Legislature in the nation to criminalize trafficking and specify penalties. (Rep. Veloria).
  • House Bill 1826 increases protections for the mail-order brides (Rep. Veloria).
  • Federal International Marriage Brokers Regulations Act is sponsored by US Senator Maria Cantwell and U.S. Representative Rick Larsen, modeled after 2002’s Mail-Order Bride Act.



  • House Bill 2381 creates Task Force Against Trafficking of Persons—the first of its kind in the nation (Rep. Veloria)
  • Senate Bill 6412, the Mail-Order Bride Act, provides protections for foreign brides of Washington residents who go through online international marriage brokers. (Sen. Kohl-Welles).