WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 27 passed a series of bipartisan measures to combat human trafficking and provide much-needed services to human trafficking victims.
Rep. John Katko served as an original co-sponsor on two of the bills, HR 350, the Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention & Recovery Act and HR 460, the Human Trafficking Detection Act.
“Human trafficking is a modern-day version of slavery, and as a former federal organized crime prosecutor, I’ve seen its horrors within the borders of the United States,” said Katko. “I’m proud to serve as an original co-sponsor on comprehensive legislation to raise awareness of these heinous crimes, boost protections for domestic human trafficking victims, and combat exploitations in the United States.”
Human trafficking is a significant, global problem.
The FBI has reported that sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world.
Specifically, HR 460 ensures that sufficient training is provided for those working at our borders to detect, intercept, and disrupt human trafficking.
HR 350 requires a review of state and federal trafficking prevention efforts and identifies strategies to prevent children from becoming human trafficking victims.