Westerman Votes to Enhance Anti-Human Trafficking Laws

April 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives passed two bills Tuesday (March 10) which would enhance penalties on those who are convicted of online harassment and step up regulations and enforcement in an effort to end money laundering and the financing of terrorism tied to sex trafficking.

Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement upon passage of the bills:

“Since my time representing Garland County in the Arkansas General Assembly, I have fought to strengthen our laws and stop human trafficking,” Westerman said. “In the years since, state laws have been strengthened while the federal government has lagged behind. Today’s votes on H.R. 4203 and H.R. 2219 move the U.S. in the right direction as we seek to combat human trafficking within our borders and abroad.”

Brief bill summaries, sourced from Bloomberg Government:

  • H.R. 2219, End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2017: “The bill would require federal agencies to review and enhance programs to curb money laundering and terrorism financing related to sex trafficking and forced labor.”
  • H.R. 4203, Combat Online Predators Act: “Maximum federal prison sentences for stalking a minor younger than 18 would be increased by five years under H.R. 4203. The current maximum sentence for stalking is generally five years. Longer sentences, including for life, can be imposed if the stalking results in death or injury.”