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House Enhances Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

Press Release
Jul 12, 2017

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista), a senior member of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed 3 measures to fight human trafficking.
 
“Human trafficking isn’t a Democrat or Republican issue, it’s a moral issue,” said Congressman Darrell Issa, “and we must do everything in our power to bring this despicable crime to an end. Here in Southern California, we’ve seen first-hand the heartbreaking impact of human trafficking. Sadly, San Diego remains one of the nation’s worst cities for child sex trafficking and estimates show that more than 8,000 people become victims of human trafficking in San Diego County alone each year. These measures contain important tools to help combat this terrible crime and bring its perpetrators to justice.”
 
The human trafficking bills passed today include:
 
H.R. 2664 – Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act, which ensures the Department of Labor effectively trains its employees to recognize and respond to the signs of human trafficking when they inspect workplaces for potential labor violations or in the course of their other roles and responsibilities.
 
H.R. 2480 – The Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, which expands the Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants Program (Byrne JAG) to enable law enforcement to receive grants to specifically to develop and carry out programs that fight sex trafficking demand. 
 
H.R. 2200 – The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention Act, which reauthorizes funding for US international and domestic anti-human trafficking efforts, pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), which is set to expire on September 30, 2017.

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