The exploitation of the world's young women, men, and children in sex trafficking is a tragic human rights offense. However, trafficking is not just a problem in other countries. Each year, men, women, and children from all over the world are brought into the United States for the sole purpose of being bought and sold by American citizens for commercial sex. As a co-chair and co-founder of the Human Trafficking Caucus, I am working to end this terrible crime both in New York and internationally.
"No one has been a greater champion than Carolyn Maloney" in the fight against human trafficking.
--New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wuddun
authors of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
08/01/2011 - H.R. 2759, Business Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act [112th Congress]
01/25/11 - H.R.418, To express United States foreign policy with respect to, and to strengthen United States advocacy on behalf of, individuals persecuted and denied their rights in foreign countries on account of gender, and for other purposes.
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In 2014, Congresswoman Maloney was proud to support several anti-human trafficking bills that passed the House of Representatives, including:
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) this week introduced the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2014 (H.R. 4842). The bill requires companies with over $100 million in global gross receipts to publicly disclose any measures to prevent human trafficking, slavery and child labor in their supply chains as part of their annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
WASHINGTON, DC--Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Randy Weber (R-TX) led 36 members of Congress in calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to address the demand side of sex trafficking. Like drugs and arms trafficking, human trafficking is a market-driven criminal industry that is based on the principles of supply and demand. Historically, the brunt of social and official stigma has fallen squarely on the supply side allowing the social stigma to fall on the victims. Law enforcement is only starting to realize that the best way to reduce prostitution is to crack down on the demand.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) were joined today at the Capitol by Shandra Woworuntu, a courageous and inspiring survivor of sex trafficking, who now advocates in support of restitution for survivors of similar crimes. The trio spoke in support of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, legislation being considered by the House this week. Poe and Maloney announced they will also being working together on new legislation, the Human Trafficking Fraud Enforcement Act of 2014, which would give the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) more funding and resources to go after pimps and traffickers for taxable income, as well as provide financial assistance and whistleblower protections to survivors.
NEW YORK – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and several advocates were joined today outside the federal courthouse in Manhattan by Shandra Woworuntu, a courageous and inspiring survivor of sex trafficking, who told her story in support of Congresswoman Maloney’s Human Trafficking Fraud Enforcement Act of 2014. The bill would give the IRS more funding and resources to go after pimps and traffickers for taxable income, as well as provide financial assistance and whistleblower protections to survivors.
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement in response to reports of the success of the FBI’s “Operation Cross Country” and the anti-sex-trafficking sweep that took place in 76 cities over the last three days:
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair of the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus, hailed today’s release by the U.S. State Department of its 2013 Trafficking in Persons report, which reviews and ranks foreign nations’ anti-trafficking policies.
WASHINGTON – Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and John Carter (R-TX) have introduced the Human Trafficking Reporting Act to fight human trafficking. U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced its companion in the Senate.
Washington, DC –Today, Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced H.R. 6628, The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act of 2012. This bipartisan bill will help law enforcement process rape kits. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Senate companion bill in May.