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U.S. Senate renews landmark anti-trafficking law

  • Anti-trafficking bill still at risk unless House acts, warns World Vision

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Holly Frew
World Vision Media Relations Manager

Washington, DC (February 12, 2012) – At a time when bi-partisanship appears non-existent, the U.S. Senate came together today to pass the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. However, the success in the Senate is still marred by partisan gridlock in the House of Representatives, and World Vision calls on both parties to put politics aside and pass this crucial bipartisan bill before the end of this Congress.

This law is the centerpiece of all U.S. laws, policies, and programs combatting human trafficking, also known as modern-day slavery. Originally passed in 2000, this legislation and the laws and programs it created have made the U.S. a global leader in the fight against modern-day slavery.

“This was a time to lead in the fight against modern-day slavery and the U.S. Senate rose to the occasion,” said Jesse Eaves, senior policy advisor for child protection at World Vision. “At a time when it seems impossible to move important legislation, the Senate vote not only gives hope to millions of exploited men, women, and children around the world, but also to the thousands of advocates around the country who’ve worked tirelessly to push this legislation through. We now implore the House to take notice and follow suit so this life-saving bill can renewed.”

The renewed legislation makes some important gains for combatting human trafficking around the world and here at home. Some of the new aspects of the bill include:

  • Allows survivors of trafficking in the U.S. better access to services
  • Strengthens law enforcement efforts to crack down on American child sex tourists living abroad
  • Allows the U.S. to form strategic partnerships with countries trying to crack down on trafficking in their own country

“The partisan gridlock in the House only serves to take away from trafficking victims and gives solace to traffickers,” said Eaves. “This is not a left or right issue. It’s a right or wrong issue, and it’s time for the House to follow the lead of the Senate and allow the U.S. to remain a global leader combatting modern-day slavery.”

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