Since Donald Trump, US President has took his office, he has met with courageous survivors, non-profit groups, and faith leaders who are devoting tremendous energy to raising awareness about human trafficking. And now the House of Representatives has voted for 3 bills to address the issue of human trafficking and the President hopes that the Senate would take up and pass these 3 bills soon so that he may look forward to his continued work with the Congress on this important issue. The three bill passed by the House were:
- Act of Trafficking Victims Prevention & Protection
- Act of empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand
- Act of enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking
More than 20 million people are currently victimised by sex trafficking and forced labour.
Speaker Paul Ryan of the House of Representatives said that human trafficking was one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world and a sinister enterprise that strikes at the very heart of their communities. He further added that they want law enforcement to have every possible resource to protect their citizens and also give real support.
According to General Jeff Sessions, US Attorney there is no method to overcome horrific nature of kidnapping, enticement, and human trafficking. He also said that it was an absolute priority of President and the Department of Justice to make those that seek to profit off the exploitation of others feel the weight of swift and certain justice.
Ed Royce, Congressman said traffickers around the world exploits and abuse millions of people, especially women and girls for commercial gain. As per him, it is a coercive, multi-billion dollar industry that destroys communities and families, tramples human dignity and strengthens criminal networks and this plague is global and limited to the developing world.
Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Leader, said that human trafficking was just another issue to address but a form of human slavery and a crime against humanity and now they have made ending human trafficking a consistent priority and with passing these 3 bills, House has now passed 16 anti-human trafficking bill to fight against human trafficking by aiding victims and detecting and preventing the crime.