Donovan, House Pass Bills To Combat Human Trafficking
Washington, DC – July 12, 2017….The House of Representatives today unanimously passed two bills cosponsored by Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11), a former District Attorney, to combat America’s human trafficking network.
Congressman Donovan said, “My heart goes out to the voiceless victims of human trafficking whose tragic circumstances fall below the public radar. They’re women forced to work in brothels and children pushed to do heinous acts. We can’t imagine that human trafficking is a problem in our own community, but it is. The bills passed today will help create a better system to dismantle trafficking networks.”
Human trafficking includes both sex trafficking and forced labor. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Justice, human traffickers coerce, threaten, and manipulate their victims – often woman and children – to prevent them from communicating with law enforcement. Sex trafficking happens in several potential contexts, including street prostitution, escort services, and massage parlors. Forced labor generally occurs in low-skilled or temporary-worker industries such as agriculture and food service.
The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act reauthorizes $130 million to fund prevention, protection, and prosecution efforts. The Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act makes Department of Justice grants more accessible to law enforcement agencies for programs to combat sex trafficking. Both bills passed with large bipartisan majorities.