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Reps. Kinzinger & Kelly Introduce Anti-Trafficking Bill

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Washington, July 28, 2017 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) introduced the Reducing the Demand for Human Trafficking Act of 2017.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) introduced H.R.3488, Reducing the Demand for Human Trafficking Act of 2017.  This legislation amends the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to encourage a more victim-centered approach to combat human trafficking, a crisis happening right here at home. While there are laws in place to help seek out and provide protections for the victims, this bill aims to reduce the demand for human trafficking by seeking out those who purchase or solicit these trafficking services, and hold them accountable for their crimes.

“Millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide – into forced labor, the sex trade, or via drug smuggling. While it’s hard to imagine, this modern-day slavery is happening right here at home. In my district of IL-16, the city of Rockford ranks second in highest cases of trafficking in the state of Illinois. Human trafficking is often hidden in plain sight, and today, I’m proud to introduce a bill with my colleagues that seeks to bring to light those who solicit and purchase trafficking services. Cutting off the demand is one way we can stop the supply, and put an end to trafficking for good.” – Congressman Kinzinger (IL-16)

“I’m proud to be co-sponsoring the Reducing the Demand for Human Trafficking Act because this law will give our local and state law enforcement agencies the resources and tools that they need to combat human and sex trafficking,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02)“I thank Congressman Kinzinger for his leadership in authoring this bill; I’m proud to stand with him in working to end this horrible crime.”

In addition, this bipartisan measure was introduced with the support of the following Members of Congress, who signed on as original cosponsors: Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ), Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX). The language of the bill as introduced is attached.

: Yesterday, the Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Training Act passed with unanimous support through the Energy and Commerce Committee. Congressman Kinzinger and Congresswoman Ann Wagner, along with Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Tony Cardenas (D-CA), introduced the SOAR Act in 2016, and applauded its passage during the markup hearing yesterday. Learn more about this legislation here.

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