Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking
I wanted to share with you some great news about landmark legislation to crack down on human trafficking. This week the House of Representative passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act with overwhelming bipartisan support. I have been working on this bill for many years, and I’m thrilled that it will soon be law. The Senate passed the bill unanimously in April.
It is a harsh reality that sexual slavery persists across America. With this legislation, Congress has taken a firm stand against the pimps and Johns and for women and children.
The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act will:
- Provide resources to survivors of human trafficking and child pornography with a new Domestic Trafficking Victims Fund and make victims eligible for job training, housing assistance and other restorative resources.
- Create additional tools and resources for law enforcement to combat human trafficking and child pornography and relocate missing children.
- Target demand for human trafficking with stiffer penalties and by encouraging police, prosecutors, judges, and juries to target all persons involved in the buying and selling of human trafficking victims.
- Protects child victims from being prosecuted for prostitution and helps victims expunge their record of crimes that they committed as a direct result of being enslaved.
It has been a privilege to work with Congressman Ted Poe, a Republican from Texas, who as a judge learned first-hand of the destructive nature of these crimes. He has been an unyielding advocate in his work to help the survivors rebuild their lives.
This is a major victory for the many thousands of women and children who have become victims of modern day slavery!
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney