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Fighting Human Trafficking

Dear Friend,

This week, the Terrorism and Illicit Financing subcommittee held a hearing on legislative proposals to counter terrorism and illicit finance. I serve on this committee, and this week’s hearing included legislation we cosponsored called the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act. Human trafficking is a growing multi-billion dollar problem that demands action by the federal government and Congress.

Terrorist organizations like ISIS employ human trafficking as a means of funding their operations while terrorizing and tormenting local communities. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, there have been over 36,000 reported cases of human trafficking in the United States since 2007, and nearly 7 in 10 of those cases involved sexual exploitation. The rise of the Internet changed the human trafficking landscape in the United States. Prostitution has expanded from the streets to the online marketplace, where victims – many of whom are children – are traded to the world. According to the Department of Justice, traffickers make on average $150,000 to $200,000 per child. We have a moral obligation to protect victims of human trafficking and a national security responsibility to cut off the financial means used by traffickers and terrorists.

Congressman Ed Royce of California introduced H.R. 2219, the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2017, and I’m proud to be a cosponsor of this bipartisan legislation. This bill includes the Secretary of the Treasury in the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking. It requires the task force to recommend revisions to anti-money laundering programs to specifically target money laundering linked to human trafficking. We will continue to work across the aisle to combat human trafficking and terrorism. 

I am honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Arizona families like yours. We always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues that are important to you. If there is an issue that concerns you, please let us know by clicking this link or by calling our Phoenix office: 602-956-2285. Be sure to stay connected through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and let us know how we can be of service.

Sincerely,

 

Kyrsten

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