Hartzler Reintroduces Bill to Combat Sex Trafficking Demand
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) introduced H.R. 1110, the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act. This bill would help law enforcement agencies fight sex trafficking demand by giving them access to federal grants through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants Program.
“Sex trafficking crimes are a growing epidemic in America that must be dealt with swiftly,” Hartzler said. “Law enforcement needs the necessary tools to protect our families and children, and this bill helps address the problem.”
Law enforcement initiatives aimed at reducing sex trafficking demand specifically focus on deterring men who buy sex. Many law enforcement agencies execute programs to combat demand, but lack the funding to make the initiatives fully effective.
“Addressing the demand for sex trafficking is an important aspect of the fight against this form of modern-day slavery,” Hartzler said. “I believe we must do everything in our power to end this scourge on our society, and giving our local law enforcement officers access to these grants will give them the back up they need to be effective.”
In 2018, Missouri ranked 19th in the nation for reported human trafficking crimes. Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has reported a total of 32,024 total sex trafficking cases in the United States.
The House passed Hartzler’s bill in the last Congress (H.R.2480 Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act), so Hartzler is optimistic that her bill will receive bipartisan support and be passed by this Congress too.
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