Sex trafficking happens in Maine. Some of the victims are children. In fact, calls to a national human-trafficking hotline originating in Maine have increased more than 50 percent in recent years. Providers from every area of the state report serving victims of sexual exploitation.
It seemed like a harmless legislative proposal to help victims of human trafficking. But after the Maine Legislative Council said Oct. 30 the bill proposed by Rep. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, would not be taken up during the second session of the Legislature, which starts in January, the matter devolved into a partisan horror show.