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Washington, D.C. – Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on passage of eight bills to fight human trafficking:

“Human trafficking continues to exist as a modern-day form of slavery both nationally and internationally. Many of the victims are children from our own communities. In May, the House passed five bipartisan bills to strengthen current laws against trafficking, aid law enforcement, curb trafficking in the foster care system, and stop the treatment of victims as criminals.

“This week, the House passed another series of eight bipartisan bills in order to help put an end to human trafficking. These pieces of legislation increase training for government personnel to identify, prevent, and address human trafficking, and also update laws to protect victims of trafficking and improve the effectiveness of current anti-trafficking programs.

“I urge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to swiftly schedule a vote on all of these overwhelmingly bipartisan pieces of legislation so that we can send them to the President and enact real reform. Why are House-passed bills, such as H.R. 3530, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which is unequivocally supported by every Democrat and Republican in the House as well as by a broad coalition of advocates and experts, stagnating in the Senate? When it comes to child trafficking in the United States, surely we can put politics and partisanship aside and get the job done. The House has done its part for our nation’s hurt and exploited children. Now it is time for Leader Reid to do his.

“I would like to thank Representatives Chris Smith (NJ-4), Sean Maloney (NY-18), Dave Camp (MI-4), Joe Heck (NV-3), Karen Bass (CA-37), Joyce Beatty (OH-3), Mark Meadows (NC-11), and Kristi Noem (SD-AL) for their sponsorship of these important bills to ensure that we help those victims in need and end human trafficking.”