Westerman Votes to Enhance Anti-Human Trafficking Laws

July 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement following Wednesday’s (June 12) passage of three anti-human trafficking bills:

“Human trafficking is a form of slavery that continues to be prevalent in many parts of the world,” Westerman said. “Even here in the United States, young people have been forced into human trafficking. If we are going to end modern slavery around the world, we must lead by example and enhance our own laws. That is why I voted Wednesday to enhance our nation’s anti-human trafficking laws. H.R. 2200, 2480, and 2664 will give law enforcement the tools needed to fight trafficking in America, assist victims of trafficking, and hopefully bring an end to this horrific practice.”

Summaries of each bill, according to Bloomberg News:

  • H.R. 2200, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017: “Federal programs to combat and respond to human trafficking would be reauthorized with some changes under a modified version of H.R. 2200.”
  • H.R. 2480, the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act: “States and localities could use Justice Department grants to combat human trafficking under H.R. 2480.”
  • H.R. 2664, the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act: “The Labor Department would be directed by H.R. 2664 to implement a training program for its employees to detect and assist law enforcement in preventing human trafficking.”