Maloney Statement on Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Jan 11, 2019
Press Release

"Every year, millions of men, women and children are trafficked around the world, including in the United States. This is a $150 billion illegal industry and is one of the fast-growing criminal enterprises in the world – this is unacceptable.

"Throughout my career in Congress, I have worked to combat trafficking, which is, simply put, modern-day slavery. I am proud to have helped lead landmark legislative efforts to protect and support survivors and provide law enforcement with the necessary tools and resources to find and bring human traffickers to justice.

"This past April, Congress overwhelmingly passed a transformational bill I co-authored to crack down on online sex trafficking and give victims and families the right to sue websites who actively facilitate it, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. This was another huge step in the fight against modern-day slavery.

"Today, on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, I am pledging to continue this fight to end human trafficking everywhere it exists. We have made great strides in the last year, but we have much more to do.

"I will be working with my colleagues to reintroduce and pass important legislation like the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act, which would ensure traffickers cannot use our financial institutions to launder their profits, and my Human Trafficking Fraud Enforcement Act that will provide resources to the IRS enabling the agency to target traffickers for tax evasion. I also plan to reintroduce my Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act which would require businesses to publicly disclose their policies to monitor and remove human trafficking from their supply chains.

"This Congress I will continue fighting to ensure that human trafficking, both domestically and abroad, is finally eradicated, that survivors are given the necessary assistance to rebuild their lives with dignity, and that human traffickers are brought to justice."