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Upton Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

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Washington, July 12, 2017 | Lynn Turner/Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives advanced three bipartisan initiatives to combat human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is one of the world’s fastest-growing crimes with more than 20 million people affected each year. Here in Michigan alone, there were more than 200 cases of human trafficking reported in 2016 – the highest number in the last five years. Behind these startling numbers are real people who are suffering, families torn apart, and heartbreaking stories from around the globe. Clearly, we need to take action. Here in the U.S. House we have a long record of advancing bipartisan legislation that will combat the human trafficking epidemic. Today’s legislative wins will make a real difference and I was proud to stand with my House colleagues – Republicans and Democrats – to take much-needed action against this terrible violation of human dignity.”

H.R. 2664, the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act, will help workplaces here in Southwest Michigan and across the country better report cases suspected of human trafficking. Learn more here.

H.R. 2480, the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, will make it easier for law enforcement to use federal grants to fight human trafficking. Learn more here.

H.R. 2200, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, renews landmark human trafficking legislation first enacted in 2000. Specifically, it would reauthorize $130 million in funding for the prevention of human trafficking, protection of victims, and prosecution of traffickers. Learn more here.

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