Westerman Co-Sponsors Anti-Sex Trafficking Legislation

January 13, 2015
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) released the following statement on his co-sponsorship of the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act, H.R. 159:

"Sex trafficking is a real and present problem in Arkansas and across the United States. By co-sponsoring the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act, we are taking action at the federal level much as we did when I was in the state legislature to stamp out human trafficking in our nation. This bill not only is modeled on state laws including the bi-partisan legislation passed in Arkansas during the last legislative session, but goes further by incentivizing states who adopt safe harbor laws with more funding for 'Cops on the Beat' grants and assisting victims rescued from trafficking with Jobs Corps benefits to be used during their recovery."

The bill, which would also establish a national human trafficking hotline, is endorsed by Fraternal Order of Police, Shared Hope International, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Arkansas's anti-human trafficking law, Act 133, passed the Arkansas House 91-0 and the Arkansas Senate 35-0 during the 2013 legislative session. 

About Rep. Bruce Westerman

A lifelong resident of Garland County, Congressman Bruce Westerman was elected the 20th representative of Arkansas's Fourth Congressional District in 2014. In the 114th Congress, he will serve on the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Elected twice to serve in the Arkansas General Assembly, Westerman was Arkansas's first Republican House Majority Leader since Reconstruction, and an architect of the House Republican SIMPLE Plan which led to the 2013 Republican takeover of the Arkansas House of Representatives.

An engineer and forester for 22 years at Mid-South Engineering in Hot Springs, Westerman is a registered professional engineer and forester. He holds a Master of Forestry degree (2001) from Yale University. In 2013, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Arkansas Society of Professional of Engineers.

Westerman graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1990. While at Arkansas, Westerman was a four-year walk-on member of the Razorback Football Team. He received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

Westerman is a former board member of the Fountain Lake School District and is a deacon at Walnut Valley Baptist Church. He lives in Hot Springs with his wife Sharon and their four children.

For more information on Rep. Bruce Westerman, please visit https://westerman.house.gov and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RepWesterman and Facebook at https://facebook.com/RepWesterman.