U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that the House passed three more bipartisan bills to help stop human trafficking – a problem that continues to grow in the U.S.
“Human trafficking is the fastest-growing criminal industry that affects more than 20 million victims around the world and right here in Illinois,” said Davis. “The National Human Trafficking Hotline reported roughly 7,500 cases last year – 2,000 more than the previous year. Illinois now has the eighth highest human trafficking cases reported among states. We cannot sit idly by as this problem continues to grow in our state and in our country. Passing these bills will help the thousands of victims of crimes we couldn’t stop and hopefully prevent future women and children in our communities from becoming victims.”
In addition to multiple bills passed earlier this year, the following bipartisan bills to combat human trafficking passed the House today:
H.R. 2664, the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act, which will allow the Department of Labor to better train employees to detect and report cases of human trafficking to law enforcement.
H.R. 2480, the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, allows law enforcement agencies to qualify for federal funding through the Department of Justice (DoJ) to develop programs that will help combat human trafficking.
H.R. 2200, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017, reauthorizes $130 million to prevent and protect victims of human trafficking and prosecute offenders. Background
Davis has made combating human trafficking and sexual assault, especially on the eight college campuses in the 13th District, a priority. He has hosted several roundtables in the 13th District to bring experts and survivors together to raise awareness. Davis was also a member of the Congressional Human Trafficking Task Force in 2014, where he worked with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass various billsto address these issues, including many that were eventually signed into law.