Human Trafficking

Every year, thousands of men, women and children around the world are trafficked into the United States to be sold for commercial sex and labor. Human trafficking is the fastest growing and the third-largest criminal activity in the world. This exploitation of young women, men, and children is a tragic human rights offense. As a co-chair and cofounder of the Human Trafficking Caucus, Congresswoman Maloney is working to end this terrible crime, both in New York and internationally.

Taking care of survivors: Congresswoman Maloney was the lead House Democratic Cosponsor of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA), which was signed into law on May 29, 2015. Congresswoman Maloney has met and worked with many survivors of human trafficking who escaped their captors and pimps, but then have nowhere to turn to for support. These men and women often end up homeless, which can facilitate a return to prostitution or exploitation. The JVTA creates a “Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund” within the Treasury Department to support critically needed services for victims, such as training law enforcement to rescue victims, prosecute human traffickers, and restore the lives of victims.

Attacking the demand side: Congresswoman Maloney understands that in order to effectively prevent trafficking in the future, Congress must attack the demand side of sex trafficking. This means we must work to eliminate the demand for sex with minors, child pornography and trafficked labor.

Business transparency: Large businesses and corporations are some of the main consumers of trafficked and child labor. Congresswoman Maloney believes it is necessary for these large businesses to provide consumers information on products that are free of child labor, forced labor, slavery, and human trafficking. That is why she introduced the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act. This legislation would make businesses with more than $100 million dollars in international receipts transparent about their labor policies, and make it necessary to report to the Securities and Exchange Commission measures they have taken to rid their supply chains of human slavery and post this information on their company websites. This way, businesses and consumers can use publicly available disclosures to avoid promoting and purchasing goods and products that are associated with these tainted supply chains.

Eradicating advertising for commercial sex: Congresswoman Maloney has called on internet sites, such as backpage.com, to shut down their adult services pages that aid in the exploitation and sexual abuse of minors. She has supported legislation that would designate funding to attack internet sites that exploit minors to have them shut down.

Catching the perpetrators: Trafficking is an extremely secretive and underground business, making it difficult to find and prosecute those responsible. Congresswoman Maloney has sponsored a bill to target conduct committed by those involved in the promotion of commercial sex acts, by enabling the IRS to prosecute sex traffickers for tax evasion and recover the profits from their crimes.  

Missing Children: Congresswoman Maloney fought to pass the law that ensures every missing child is entered into the National Crime Information Center database. This policy makes certain that every step is taken to recover missing children and provide local law enforcement agencies with as much information as possible to find missing children and return them to their families. Read more

More on Human Trafficking

Oct 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Following President Trump’s meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and in light of the ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) joined Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), and Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) on a joint letter to United States Trade Representative Robert E.

Sep 15, 2017 In The News

To the Editor:

Nicholas Kristof’s Sept. 7 column, “Google and Sex Traffickers,” sheds light on a critical issue: lobbying efforts to defeat “legislation that would crack down on websites that promote sex trafficking.”

Human trafficking is happening here in the United States, and we have an obligation — to trafficking victims, survivors and their families — to combat this horrendous act and punish it as the criminal activity it is.

Jul 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congresswomen Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Ann Wagner (R-MO) sent a joint letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling on the Department of Justice to open an immediate criminal investigation into Backpage.com’s knowing advertisement and facilitation of online sex trafficking.

Jul 13, 2017 In The News

The co-chairs of a House task force battling human trafficking called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions Thursday to investigate Backpage.com after a trove of documents revealed that the website hired a company in the Philippines to lure advertisers and customers seeking sex.

Jul 27, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Chris Smith (NJ-04) today introduced the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015. The bill requires public 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).

Feb 4, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) are urging the Senate to act on the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which cleared the House last week. Poe is the lead sponsor of the bill, which would create stiffer penalties and enforcement for the demand side of human trafficking, and provide restitution to the survivors.