Hoyer Statement on Series of Bills Combating Human Trafficking

For Immediate Release:

July 23, 2014

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Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of eight bills that the House is considering this evening to combat human trafficking: 

“This evening, the House is considering a series of important bills that will help combat the scourge of human trafficking.  According to the State Department, as many as 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year, fueling a criminal industry worth billions of dollars to those who perpetrate this horrific trade in human lives.   The victims of trafficking endure forced labor, rape, and other forms of exploitation that run counter to basic human rights.  Many are killed when they try to escape or resist.  In the United States, as many as 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into our country each year and 38,600 runaway and abandoned children are at risk of sexual exploitation, according to a Department of Justice study.  Congress has taken a number of steps in recent years to help law enforcement crack down on human trafficking, but more must be done, which is why the House is acting this week.

“I thank Reps. Karen Bass, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Joyce Beatty for their leadership in introducing legislation addressing this issue. Their bills would authorize additional training for law enforcement and diplomats working overseas to spot the signs of trafficking as well as provide resources to child protective services to identify and assist those in its care who may have been trafficked and exploited.  I hope the Senate will take up the human trafficking bills the House passes in a timely manner so our country can strengthen its approach to ending this terrible plague of human trafficking that has no place in the twenty-first century.” 

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