BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On the first full day of the 2014 legislative session Governor Bobby Jindal called a news conference late Tuesday afternoon to announce his intentions to put human trafficking at the top of his legislative list.
"We need to give voice to the women and children that don't have a voice today. They need to hear loudly and clearly that help is on the way. Too often people think this is a crime that's only happening overseas and faraway lands in other countries. That's simply not true. This is a crime that happens in the United States of America. This is a crime that happens right here in the state of Louisiana," says Governor Bobby Jindal.
"These criminals use physical abuse, lies, manipulation and false promises. Degrading these women as human beings treating them as if they were pieces of property. There are millions of women living in this slavery who will go to sleep tonight praying for a way out," says Jindal.
Clemmie Greenlee is a former victim of human trafficking. She led that life after she was abducted off the streets at a young age.
"It was overlooked for a long time here. I was one of those who was overlooked. At 12 years old, I was snatched up," Says Greenlee.
Greenlee described the horror of being taken off the street at 12 and forced into a life of drugs and prostitution.
"They immediately take you and drug you up and strip you down and they start gang raping you to turn you out so they can turn you on to what they are going to do with you. I received stab wounds and stitches. I have battle scars to show you guys what I came through. It is so terrifying that at 12 years old, 14 years old, 16 years old that you just took an innocent life and just turned it. I wanted to be an R.N. instead they labeled me a prostitute," says Greenlee.
Two pieces of legislation have been filed to beef up human trafficking laws and make things a bit easier on the victim's.