Perhaps one of the best things we can do to take on human trafficking is help shine the light on this often overlooked issue. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) joined Yahoo News & Finance Anchor Bianna Golo this week to do just that.
“We want people to know that this isn’t just some ‘innocent, victimless crime,’” said Comstock. “There are young girls and young boys who are trafficked and taken around the country … in order to make money, and it’s modern-day slavery…”
Noem highlighted Megan’s Law, which passed the People’s House just this week, saying, “[This] is a law that will make sure that we have some accountability for international, foreign travelers who travel to other countries, and notification signals [for people] traveling for sex and with underage victims.”
In addition to Megan’s Law, the House acted this week to ensure that taxpayers’ dollars do not go to contractors employing trafficked persons at U.S. embassies and other posts. A bill authored by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), this is one of many steps the House has taken – and will continue to take – to make clear that human trafficking has no place in our society. Said Chairman Royce, “On the heels of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we continue our efforts to combat human trafficking both abroad and here at home. … By giving recruiters and contractors clear guidelines, employees can be better protected from being forced to pay for the right to work. Closing this gap in protection ensures that U.S. overseas employment practices don’t inadvertently support debt bondage, one tool of human traffickers.”