McCaul Works to Combat Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) – Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee – released the below statement after the House passed – with his support - three bills to combat human trafficking, including the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017.
H.R. 2200 - the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017 – is a whole-of-government approach to combat human trafficking by building upon current law. It places a renewed focus on prevention of modern-day slavery through training and education in key industries such as travel and hospitality. Specifically, this bill would reauthorize existing programing and funds for international and domestic anti-human trafficking efforts. This is the fifth reauthorization of the original bill, Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), which is the cornerstone of current U.S. policy on combatting international and domestic human trafficking.
Congressman McCaul: “As I have repeatedly said, human trafficking is a deplorable violation of human rights perpetuated by criminals who use false promises and other tactics to exploit the vulnerable. In my home state of Texas alone, there is an astounding 300,000 individuals, including nearly 80,000 minors, who have fallen victim to human trafficking. This is unacceptable. We must remain vigilant in our efforts to combat such evil and I applaud the passage of this bill, a critical step in the right direction to provide the necessary support to those best positioned to detect and prevent such gross violations.”