On January 6, 2014 Rep. Erik Paulsen asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for 60 seconds regarding National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.
Human trafficking is the trade in humans beings who are bought and sold on the open market, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or for the extraction of organs or tissues,including surrogacy and ova removal. A crime which is rampant in almost every part of the world.
Human trafficking is a crime against the person (including children) because of the violation of the victim’s rights through coercion and exploitation.
Victims of human trafficking are generally forced to work for or provide services, including sex to the trafficker or others. They are held against their will through acts of coercion, manipulation and force.
The work or services may include anything from forced labor to commercialized sexual exploitation.
Trafficking is a very lucrative industry, representing an estimated $32- 50 billion per year in international trade, compared to the estimated annual $650 billion for all illegal international trade circa 2010, according to some reports (source: http://www.gfintegrity.org/storage/gfip/documents/reports/transcrime/gfi_transnational_crime_web.pdf).
See also: White House Statement http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/12/31/presidential-proclamation-national-slavery-and-human-trafficking-prevent.
“Mr. Speaker, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. It is a perfect time to highlight the terrible reality of sex trafficking that is happening in our communities. It is also an opportunity, Mr. Speaker, to take steps to combat this growing problem that now puts 300,000 children at risk in the United States–many of whom are 12- and 14-year-old girls.”
“I’m authoring several bipartisan bills to address sex trafficking. One gives law enforcement additional tools to turn the tide against sex trafficking and help the victims of these horrific crimes receive the support they need and deserve. That’s what these young girls are: victims. The second bill improves data systems that track missing children because better information will help us find better solutions. Mr. Speaker, it’s time to end sex trafficking, and there’s bipartisan support for action”, said Representative Paulsen (source: http://thomas.loc.gov).
Congressman Paulsen is a powerful Member on the House Committee on Ways and Means. The Committee is the chief tax writing committee and is tasked with framing the nation’s economic, health care and trade policy.
See related article: Sex Trafficking a big concern ahead of Super Bowl in New Jersey http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/06/sex-trafficking-super-bowl-new-jersey_n_4549064.html
See article: New Jersey braces for influx of sex traffickers with Super Bowl fans http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-jersey-battles-super-bowl-sex-trafficking/