Human Trafficking Awareness Monthby Representative Glenn Thompson
Posted on 2016-01-11
THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to
address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in
recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,
which is intended to draw attention to a problem which is sadly still a
concern across this Nation and across the globe.
According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, authorities have investigated more than 500 cases of suspected human trafficking just in Pennsylvania since 2000, including 75 cases reported in 2015 alone.
Human trafficking has been called one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. The statistics and recent reports indicate that these types of cases are on the rise across Pennsylvania, including those involving victims who are still teenagers.
I greatly appreciate the work of organizations in Pennsylvania's Fifth Congressional District and across the State in assisting those hurt in human trafficking.
Last year, I supported the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama. This legislation is aimed at addressing the rise in human trafficking and to improve services for survivors.
I will continue to work in the House towards eliminating this disturbing behavior.