Combatting Human Trafficking in the United Statesby Representative Virginia Foxx
Posted on 2015-01-27
of north carolina
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Ms. FOXX. Mr. Speaker, this week the House is considering 12 bills
designed to fight the growing problem of human trafficking in the
United States. These bipartisan bills will provide support and services
to the victims of trafficking crimes and boost resources for law
According to the FBI, sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world. More than 300,000 American children are at risk of becoming victims of sex trafficking annually in what is estimated to be a $9.8 billion industry.
Human trafficking is modern day slavery that preys on vulnerable individuals, and this epidemic is not isolated to far-off places. It is happening every day in the places we call home.
As we take steps at the federal level to end this despicable and horrifying practice, there are many organizations dedicated to helping victims and preventing even more people from being mistreated.
Earlier this month in Rowan County, North Carolina, nearly 200 supporters gathered to hear testimonies from human trafficking survivors as well as discuss ways to increase awareness and assist victims in the local community at the Triad Ladder of Hope's First Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Gala.
And today I'm wearing a bracelet made from recycled soda tabs that was designed by Monarch, a Christian ministry that creates accessories as a unique way to engage in the fight against human trafficking.
As the charm on this bracelet reminds us, there is hope that lives discarded can be reclaimed.