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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain. Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. Human trafficking is not limited to distant foreign countries, but currently exists in every state in the United States. Myself, and my colleagues in the House of Representatives have been actively working to raise awareness and address this serious criminal offense that violates human dignity.

My experience on the House Education and Workforce Committee has allowed me to recognize that employees at the Department of Labor are often on the front line of investigating workforce law violations. That is why I introduced H.R. 4456, Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act. This bipartisan bill ensures Department of Labor employees have the education they need to identify the signs of human trafficking, assist victims, and properly refer cases to law enforcement so perpetrators can be brought to justice.

I am also a cosponsor of H.R.4326, the Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act, which would seek to hold foreign countries accountable when they fail to take serious efforts to address the link between commercial sex and human trafficking.

Additionally, in April 2018 during the 115th Congress, H.R. 1865, Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 was signed into law with my support. This gives law enforcement officials and families the ability to shut down online marketplaces where individuals are trafficked, while instituting stronger penalties on those who knowingly facilitate and enable these crimes to be committed.

Furthermore, during the 116th and 115th Congress, I have supported numerous bills in an effort to curtail human trafficking. Some of those bills include: 

  • H.R. 3627, Trafficking Survivors Relief Act of 2019 - establishes a process to vacate convictions and expunge arrest records for certain nonviolent criminal offenses committed by victims of human trafficking that directly result from or relate to having been a trafficking victim.
     
  • H.R. 2200, Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017 – would reauthorize federal anti-human trafficking and victim assistance programs. {Public Law No: 115 – 425}
     
  • H.R. 883, the Targeting Child Predators Act (115th Congress) would require Internet Service Providers to wait 180 days before notifying customers in child predator cases of a law enforcement inquiry.  Under current law, the provider may notify the user of the law enforcement inquiry, allowing the alleged child predator to destroy critical evidence.  This bill would give law enforcement a limited window of time to properly investigate suspected predators.
     
  • H.R. 1188, the Adam Walsh Act (115th Congress), reauthorizes two primary programs—the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and Sex Offender management Assistance Program—for five years and makes targeted changes to make the system more efficient and just. These programs help prevent child abuse by ensuring the public has access to information on known sex offenders who may live in their neighborhood.

LEGISLATION

9/20/2019 – Sponsor: H.R.4456, Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act
9/12/2019 – Cosponsor: H.R.4326, Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act
7/28/2017  Cosponsor: H.R.1865, Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act {Public Law No: 115-164}
4/06/2017 – Cosponsor: H.R.1808, Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act of 2017
1/24/2017  Cosponsor: H.R. 695, the Child Protection Improvements Act

News and Videos 

09/20/2019 – Walberg, Sablan Lead Bipartisan Measure to Combat Human Trafficking
07/13/2017 – WLNS: Walberg anti-human trafficking bill passes House
07/12/2017  Walberg Champions Bipartisan Bill to Combat Human Trafficking
07/12/2017  House Passes Walberg’s Bipartisan Bill to Fight Human Trafficking
07/12/2017 – USA Today: House Passes Sweeping Overhaul of Law to Combat Human Trafficking
06/14/2017 – Jackson Cit Pat op-ed: Taking Action to Tackle Human Trafficking
05/23/2017 – Walberg: Strengthen Support for Missing and Exploited Children
02/03/2016 – WLNS: Walberg Introduces Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation
02/03/2016 – Walberg Introduces Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking

TRAFFICKING RESOURCES

National Human Trafficking Hotline:1-888-373-7888 or Text INFO or HELP to BeFREE (233733)
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Polaris Project
U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

TRAFFICKING IN MICHIGAN

Michigan Human Trafficking Commission Report 2016
Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force