On January 26, 2015 Rep. Mimi Walters of California asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute to formally declare war against human trafficking in the US and around the world:
“Mr. Speaker, although slavery was abolished 150 years ago, today, modern slavery still exists in the form of human trafficking.
Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to control other people for the purpose of forced labor or sexual exploitation. According to the FBI, sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime in the world.
Approximately 20.9 million victims of human trafficking exist in our world today, and hundreds of thousands of those victims are here in the United States.
California is not excluded from this criminal activity. In fact, within my congressional district in Orange County, there have been over 350 cases of human trafficking since 2004.
Victims are lured and manipulated by false promises of lucrative jobs, a loving relationship, or new opportunities and are usually between the ages of 12 to 14 when they first become victims of sex trafficking.
Mr. Speaker, if there is one thing we can all agree on, it is this: we must put an end to human trafficking and bring those responsible to justice.
Through bipartisan efforts, we can work to stop human trafficking both in our communities at home and abroad.
Source: Congressional Record
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