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  • Missing Children’s Assistance Act Amendment

    by Representative Tim Walberg

    Posted on 2015-01-26

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    WALBERG. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 246) to improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking.

    The Clerk read the title of the bill.

    The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 246 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. RESPONSE TO VICTIMS OF CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING.

    Section 404(b)(1)(P)(iii) of the Missing Children's Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5773(b)(1)(P)(iii)) is amended by striking ``child prostitution'' and inserting ``child sex trafficking, including child prostitution''.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Walberg) and the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Scott) each will control 20 minutes.

    The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Michigan.

    {time} 1700 General Leave Mr. WALBERG. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on H.R. 246.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Michigan? There was no objection.

    Mr. WALBERG. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 246, and I yield myself such time as I may consume.

    Mr. Speaker, today, the House of Representatives continues its commitment to bolstering enforcement efforts against human traffickers in the United States and ensuring that we properly identify and serve victims.

    I want to thank Congresswoman Joyce Beatty for her leadership on this issue and for introducing H.R. 246, which will improve the ability of law enforcement officials and others to respond to and assist these victims.

    The House voted 409-0 to pass this legislation last summer, and as previous House efforts have done, the bills being considered today attempt to change for the better how we view victims.

    For too long, these victims have been seen as willing participants and treated as actors in the criminal scheme; however, we now know that, oftentimes, individuals are trapped as victims by human trafficking organizations and, sadly, many of these victims are children.

    Congresswoman Beatty's legislation will ensure that we view victims of sex trafficking not as participants, but as victims, and ensure that child sex trafficking crimes are reported.

    Under current law, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children operates the CyberTipline to provide online users and electronic service providers a means of reporting Internet-related child sexual exploitation in many areas, including child prostitution.

    H.R. 246 would replace the term ``child prostitution'' with ``child sex trafficking'' in the CyberTipline reporting categories to reinforce that children who are sex-trafficked or sexually exploited are victims whose situation should be taken seriously when reported.

    It would also ensure the public recognizes that child prostitution is included in how NCMEC uses the term ``child sex trafficking'' and thus should still be reported to the CyberTipline.

    Again, I want to thank Congresswoman Beatty, along with the Education and the Workforce Committee and House leadership for recognizing the need to steadfastly address this dreadful practice.

    With that, Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 246, and I reserve the balance of my time.

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