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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of S. 178, the Justice for Human Trafficking Act of 2015:

“Human trafficking is an abhorrent crime that we must work to end. An estimated one hundred thousand children alone are victims of commercial prostitution and human trafficking each year nationwide, and there are countless others trapped in this modern-day form of slavery in America. This bill targets multiple aspects of human trafficking from providing resources and tools to law enforcement to helping victims reenter society and strengthening our laws against those involved in human trafficking. The bill passed today also incorporates the hard work and good policy contained in the bipartisan anti-trafficking bills passed by the House in January. Now, the Justice for Human Trafficking Act will be sent directly to the President’s desk, where I hope it will be immediately signed into law.”