Now is the time to close those loopholes, Balderas said. He said the way to do that is through the state legislature in this session.
He said just because someone is convicted of human trafficking elsewhere doesn’t mean they automatically have to register as a sex offender in New Mexico – that’s the point.
In a letter sent to Governor Michelle Lujan GrishamAttorney General Hector Balderas said he was fighting to “end human trafficking” in New Mexico.
He mentioned the last two legislative sessions in which they worked with legislators to draft a compressed invoice to close loopholes and strengthen human trafficking laws in New Mexico.
“It’s a terrible black eye that we can convict people traffickers in other states, but there are certain crimes that we don’t require them to report to the Department of Homeland Security,” said Attorney General Balderas. whole public. “That has to change.”
He said the case of Jeffery Epstein is a good example. After being convicted of trafficking/prostitution in Florida years ago, he was able to travel to New Mexico without having to be registered in the database.
“New Mexico does not require his criminal record to be registered as a sex offender. That law needs to change. I think with the recent conviction in the Epstein case, the legislature will be more open to that,” Balderas said.
Legislation to be introduced at the 2021 session will address that issue. Information request for convicted felons of human trafficking, and it further identifies the required restitution for victims.
“We are writing to the governor,” Balderas said. “The governor is very committed. Public safety is a top priority. I firmly believe that although you can’t really attack criminals, if you also don’t close some sexually exploitative criminals like holes. ”
Supporters say this is something to be concerned about. The justice minister said he still hopes it can gain some momentum ahead of the legislative session.
https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/ag-balderas-aims-to-close-sex-offender-loophole-in-new-mexico/6351537/?cat=500 AG Balderas aims to close the loophole of sex crimes in New Mexico