On May 20, 2014 Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute regarding human sex trafficking:
“Mr. Speaker, sex trafficking is a growing problem. According to the Polaris Project, some 27 million people worldwide are victims of sex trafficking, of which 1 million are children. Just last year in Nevada, 107 children were recovered after being victimized by traffickers. And we don’t even know how many others wait for our help.
That is why I am pleased to vote today on several bills intended to strengthen the punishments for perpetrators, increase protections for potential victims, and ensure that victims are given the support they need to recover and rebuild their lives.
I am also encouraged that we are coming together to condemn the horrendous kidnapping of the girls in Nigeria, whose only crime was to seek an education.
Sex trafficking is horrific. It must be stopped. It denies the fundamental rights and dignity of its victims. Today, we can take a step in that direction. We can take action to speak for those who have no voice. So I encourage my colleagues to join me with a resounding “aye” on this package of bills”, said Rep. Titus (source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov/).