Mobile Menu - OpenMobile Menu - Closed


Grand Ledge: We are Working to Combat Human Trafficking

June 23, 2014
Opinion Editorial

Each year, millions of men, women and children as young as 12 years old are trafficked around the world and even here in the U.S. Because combatting this issue is so important to me I recently held a human trafficking forum with local officials to discuss what we're doing to end these heinous crimes, and by the sheer number of you who attended can tell it's important to you too.   Human trafficking is no longer an issue that happens in foreign countries; it's in our backyard and must be addressed.

This week the House passed several pieces of legislation to strengthen our ability to combat this epidemic at home and abroad. One of the bills we passed, H.R. 4225, the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act, would close down internet marketplaces that host advertisements and gain profit from the commercial sexual exploitation of minors.

Another bill, H.R.3530, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, would create a new victim-centered grant program to increase investigations and prosecution of human trafficking and provide help and assistance to its victims. And H.R. 3610, the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act will encourage states to enact better laws to protect minors.

In September 2013, I introduced H.R. 3081 which assists the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in their ability to help law enforcement agencies and first responders identify, locate and recover victims of child sex trafficking. My bill was included in a larger piece of legislation which was signed by the president into law.

I'm proud of the work the House has done to combat these crimes and will continue to everything I can to bring those responsible to justice, provide the help victims need and make our communities safer.