McSally Chairs Hearing to Aid Victims of Human Trafficking and Target Child Predators
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Martha McSally, the Chairwoman of the Homeland Security Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, held a hearing to assess federal efforts to combat human trafficking. Members of the subcommittee heard testimony from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice about what steps they have taken to dismantle trafficking operations, small and large, and their work to partner with state, local, and tribal governments as well as law enforcement and the general public to raise awareness of this issue. The witnesses highlighted the importance of legislation recently signed by President Trump to authorize DHS’ Blue Campaign and another bill that gives states and victims the power to sue websites like Backpage.com that support and facilitate human trafficking.
“I called this hearing today to shine a light on the heinous crime of human trafficking, and highlight the work being done by our federal agencies who partner with state, local, and tribal governments and law enforcement agencies to eradicate human trafficking from our streets, our local business, and our neighborhoods. 55 percent of active cases involved the sex trafficking of children. Predators use social media to identify and locate our children and then go on to use websites like Backpage.com to rent them to the highest bidder,” said Congresswoman McSally. “It’s critical that we prosecute those who victimize our most vulnerable populations. We must also support efforts to raise awareness and educate those who work in law enforcement, at ports of entry, in health care, in child protective services, and elsewhere to identify trafficking. I am committed to fighting for survivors and ensuring they receive the care they need after they’ve been rescued.”
Click HERE or below to watch Congresswoman McSally’s opening statement.
Click HERE or below to watch Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore discuss how the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking (FOSTA) Act creates liabilities for websites that facilitate sex trafficking or prostitution.
Click HERE or below to watch Special Agent Steven Cagen discuss how about abolishing ICE would be detrimental to the Department of Homeland Security.