Victims of human trafficking often struggle to overcome the social stigma of their criminal records for offenses committed while being trafficked. But there is new hope on the horizon.

Senate Bill 214 is on its way to the governors desk, which will allow human trafficking survivors to expunge their non-violent offenses. It targets misdemeanors like drug possession and theft and fourth and fifth-degree felonies.

"This is a huge step in the right direction, [...] just because you made a mistake in the past, [does not mean you can't] still live a full life, because we all deserve a second chance." Carshra Bradley, United Returning Citizens housing specialist told 21 News. 

Sex trafficking victims 21 News spoke with during our 101 West news program like Jasmine Harrison --who was trafficked in Youngstown -- knows first hand the hardships of being charged with crimes they were forced into. Harrison was trapped by a system that should have protected her. Through the Grace Court program in Youngstown, within two years she was able to start over with a clean record.

Advocates hope the bill will open doors to a hopeful future like Jasmine's, more quickly.