Human Traffickingby Senator James Lankford
Posted on 2014-01-09
LANKFORD asked and was given permission to address the House for
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. LANKFORD. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of January
2014 being National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
Human trafficking victims suffer repeatedly with no apparent way out. An estimated between 100,000 and 300,000 children each year become victims in America of this abhorrent practice.
Many runaway children become victims of human trafficking within 48 hours of leaving home, and it is crucial that we, as Americans, are aware of our surroundings and immediately contact authorities when we see anything suspicious around children. Traffickers can be found at airports, parking lots, schools, malls, and other places where they search for young victims.
Two years ago, I authored a bill which this House passed, the Senate passed, and the President signed at the end of 2012 eliminating trafficking on our military bases around the world and our State Department facilities around the world.
We, as Americans, believe every person has value. Every person has rights that are given to them by their creator. Mr. Speaker, I would encourage every American, if they come into contact with someone that they suspect is a victim of human trafficking, to contact the National Human Trafficking [[Page H86]] Hotline at 888-373-7888. Let's help our fellow Americans.