Reps. Kelly & Kinzinger Introduce Anti-Trafficking Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced H.R.3488, Reducing the Demand for Human Trafficking Act of 2017. This legislation amends the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to encourage a more victim-centered approach to combat human trafficking, a crisis happening right here at home. While there are laws in place to help seek out and provide protections for the victims, this bill aims to reduce the demand for human trafficking by seeking out those who purchase or solicit these trafficking services, and hold them accountable for their crimes.
“I’m proud to be co-sponsoring the Reducing the Demand for Human Trafficking Act because this law will give our local and state law enforcement agencies the resources and tools that they need to combat human and sex trafficking,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02). “I thank Congressman Kinzinger for his leadership in authoring this bill; I’m proud to stand with him in working to end this horrible crime.”
“Millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – into forced labor, the sex trade, or via drug smuggling. While it’s hard to imagine, this modern-day slavery is happening right here at home. In my district of IL-16, the city of Rockford ranks second in highest cases of trafficking in the state of Illinois. Human trafficking is often hidden in plain sight, and today, I’m proud to introduce a bill with my colleagues that seeks to bring to light those who solicit and purchase trafficking services. Cutting off the demand is one way we can stop the supply, and put an end to trafficking for good.” – Congressman Kinzinger (IL-16)
In addition, this bipartisan measure was introduced with the support of the following Members of Congress, who signed on as original cosponsors: Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ), Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX). The language of the bill as introduced is attached.
NOTE: Yesterday, the Protecting Girls Access to Education Act (H.R. 2408) unanimously passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The legislation, introduced by Congresswoman Kelly (D-IL) and Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), seeks to ensures that children, specifically girls, are able to receive an education when displaced by conflicts, famine or natural disaster.
Regarding the bill, Congresswoman Kelly said: “As a mother, the statistics are truly heartbreaking. There are 30 million children living as refugees and 20 million of them aren’t receiving a primary education. In addition to running from war, strife and famine, this lack of education makes these young people easier targets for terrorist organizations and human traffickers. This bill matches our international aid investments with our values – protecting children and helping them learn, grow and succeed – while supporting U.S. and global peace and security.”