The House Republican Conference today released a new video drawing attention to the growing problem of human trafficking.
Many Americans believe that human trafficking only happens in foreign countries. In reality, it is a crime that happens here on American soil too. House Republicans are taking action to end human trafficking both at home and abroad.
On Tuesday, House Republicans will vote on several bills that boost support and protection for human trafficking victims, increase and streamline law enforcement resources, enhance victims’ services, and strengthen our laws to ensure that both buyers and sellers engaged in sex trafficking are held accountable for their crimes:
Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen) will encourage states to adopt safe harbor laws for victims and will also create opportunities through the federal Jobs Corps program.
Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act (Sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner) will shut down online sexual markets websites that purposefully advertise certain commercial sex acts.
Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Reichert) is aimed at protected children in foster care from being trafficked.
International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith) will notify foreign governments when Americans convicted of sexual abuse of a minor travel abroad, protecting children overseas as well.
Script: “Together, Let’s End Human Trafficking”
Our nation is in the midst of a criminal epidemic and our children are the target.
Most people think that human trafficking only happens in other countries. But it happens every day right here in America.
Traffickers and their buyers are targeting our sisters and daughters, treating them not as human beings, but as objects to be used for profit and pleasure.
It’s estimated that child sex trafficking in the U.S. is nearly a ten billion dollar industry today.
Today, advances in technology are being used by bad actors to spread this epidemic.
Together, we must step up and stop this horrific crime.
Because our children are not for sale.
Congress is taking action to stop child trafficking. Everyone involved in these crimes must be held accountable.
We must provide crucial resources to victims that will help rebuild their lives.
And we must work to put human traffickers out of business and in jail.
Together, we can treat those who buy and sell other people as criminals.
Together, we can rescue children from oppression and help restore their lives.
And together, we can prevent future children from knowing the horrors of this crime.