Women and girls trapped in brothels. Men forced to work long hours under harsh conditions for minimal or no pay, unable to leave due to huge debts and threats to their family. Teenagers forced to sell their bodies online by cunning pimps. Women tricked into coming to the U.S. only to find themselves working as a domestic slave in a diplomat’s home.
For the past year and a half, Congress has failed to reauthorize America’s cornerstone legislation to fight human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act, initially enacted in 2000 and reauthorized three times with bipartisan support, has greatly increased America’s ability to protect victims and prosecute traffickers, as well as set important funding benchmarks. Yet, now it is stalled and victims of trafficking are suffering.
We strongly encourage both the Senate and House of Representatives to follow their leadership, come together and get this done. There is simply no excuse to put off the passage of this legislation any longer. Ongoing delays only come at the cost of the men, women and children who are exploited by unscrupulous human traffickers looking for an easy profit.
Learn more at Mary C. Ellison’s Huffington Post article: Human Trafficking Victims Face Greater Peril by Congressional Delays.