Cook Votes to Combat Human Trafficking
Paul Cook said, “I'm
proud to have supported measurers which will protect some of the most
vulnerable people in society and will crack down on criminals who fuel the
human trafficking industry within the Unites States. The bills passed today
are an important step towards wiping out this appalling trade.”
D.C. ___ Representative Paul Cook
(R-Apple Valley) voted in favor of legislation to combat the growing
problem of human trafficking within the United States, and provide much-needed
assistance to victims.
Sex trafficking is the fastest-growing
business of organized crime and there are 30 million people trapped in
slavery today. In the United States, child sex trafficking is a billion
dollar industry with as many as 300,000 American children at risk of
getting trapped in this underground trade.
H.R. 181, the Justice for Victims of
Trafficking Act, will streamline law enforcement resources, create programs
and grants to restore the lives of victims, and strengthen the laws for
prosecuting buyers and sellers engaged in sex trafficking.
H.R. 514, the Human Trafficking Prioritization
Act, aims to make human trafficking a priority for the Department of
State, while H.R. 357, the Human Trafficking Prevention Act, will expand the
training for Federal Government personnel relating to trafficking.
The International Megan’s Law to
Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking, H.R. 515, will provide advance notice
of travel by registered child sex-offenders outside and inside the United
States in order to protect children from exploitation.
H.R. 468, the Enhancing Services for Runaway and
Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act of 2015, aims to raise
awareness and improve the services for runaway and homeless youth who are
victims of trafficking, and the Strengthening
Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015, H.R. 469, will allow
State child protective services systems to improve the identification and
assessment of child victims of sex trafficking.