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Reps. Kinzinger & Kelly Re-Introduce Anti-Trafficking Bill

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Washington, January 11, 2019 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) have re-introduced H.R.467, the Reducing the Demand for Human Trafficking Act, for the 116th Congress.
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WASHINGTON, DC – In observation of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) have re-introduced H.R.467, the Reducing the Demand for Human Trafficking Act, for the 116th Congress. This legislation amends the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to encourage a more victim-centered approach to combat human trafficking.

This heinous crime is happening all across America, and the State of Illinois ranks among the highest in trafficking rates across the country. Sex traffickers sell their victims multiple times a day, and often times, these victims are children. There are laws in place to help seek out and provide protections for trafficking victims, but H.R. 467 would help by reducing the demand for human trafficking by seeking out those who purchase or solicit these horrific services, and hold them accountable for their crimes.

“It’s hard to imagine this modern day slavery is happening here at home, but it is. Human trafficking is a heinous crime and it’s often hidden in plain sight. In my district, the city of Rockford ranks second in highest cases of trafficking in the state, and the daily numbers are devastating and deeply disturbing,” said Congressman Kinzinger (IL-16). “Today, I’m proud to re-introduce a bill that would bring to light those who solicit and purchase trafficking services. Thank you to my fellow Illinoisan, Congresswoman Kelly, for joining me in this effort. By cutting off the demand, we can stop the supply, and take one more step towards ending human trafficking for good.”

In 2017, there were 193 human trafficking cases reported in Illinois. One is too many; nearly 200 is unacceptable. That’s why I’m proud to be co-sponsoring the Reducing the Demand for Human Trafficking Act. This law would give our local and state law enforcement agencies the resources and tools that they need to combat human and sex trafficking,” said Congresswoman 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 that sadly happens in all communities across America.”

The Reducing the Demand for Trafficking Act was introduced in the House last night by Representatives Kinzinger and Kelly. The full text of H.R.467 can be found in the PDF below.

 

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HHS.govJanuary is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

WTVO/MyStatelineRockford receives $450,000 federal grant to combat domestic violence and human trafficking

Peoria Journal StarPeoria grant helps identify and assist victims of human trafficking


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