Latta Supports Bipartisan Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking
Washington, May 20, 2014 | Sarah Criser (202-225-6405)
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today voted in favor of five bipartisan pieces of legislation, all of which the Congressman co-sponsored, to combat human sex trafficking in the United States and abroad. Human sex trafficking is a $9.8 billion illicit industry, and this issue is especially important to Ohio, as more than 1,000 people are victims of sex trafficking in the state each year. In addition, Toledo has some of the highest human trafficking rates in the country.
“Human trafficking is a repugnant, illicit industry that runs contrary to the very principles and freedoms we hold dear,” said Latta. “Modern technology has unfortunately facilitated this behavior and is enabling individuals to conduct this repulsive business in the shadows of our communities. Today, the House took important steps to combat this growing epidemic, save lives and give hope to human trafficking victims around the world. However, our work is not complete, and I pledge to continue to work to defend our most vulnerable citizens, so we may put an end to this exploitation and abuse.”
H.R. 3530, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, streamlines law enforcement resources to improve criminal prosecution of child abuse, enhances victims’ services in instances of sex trafficking, and strengthens our laws to ensure both sellers and buyers engaged in sex trafficking are held accountable for their crimes. H.R. 3610, the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act, provides incentives to states that adopt safe harbor laws that treat trafficked minors as victims. H.R. 4225, the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act criminalizes those who knowingly advertise for the commercial exploitation of minors and trafficking victims. H.R. 4058, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act, takes steps to prevent, identify and address sex trafficking of youth in foster care by requiring states to provide better reporting on children within the foster care system. H.R. 4573, the International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking, establishes a means to protect children in foreign countries from child-sex offenders traveling abroad.