Sending Office: Kinzinger, Adam
116th Cosponsors: Kelly (IL)
115th Cosponsors: Kelly (IL), Meehan, Hartzler, Smith (NJ), Wagner, McCaul, Rosen, Frelinghuysen, LaHood
Supported in 115th by: Demand Abolition, Rights4Girls, Shared Hope, National Association to PROTECT Children, National Children’s Alliance, National District Attorneys Association
I invite you to cosponsor the Reducing Demand for Human Trafficking Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that empowers state and local law enforcement officials to reduce the demand for human trafficking by seeking out those who purchase or solicit these
trafficking services and holding them accountable for their crimes.
Millions of men, women, and children are trafficked worldwide and placed into forced labor, the sex trade, or drug smuggling. While it’s difficult to imagine, this modern-day form of slavery is happening right here at home. In my district of IL-16, the City
of Rockford ranks second in highest number of trafficking cases in the State of Illinois. Human trafficking, including commercial sex trafficking, is often hidden in plain sight; and much like other illicit markets, it is both a supply- and demand-driven industry.
However, we are not being as active in cutting off the demand for sex trafficking as we are in stopping the suppliers. According to Rights4Girls, during the FBI’s Operation Cross Country XI—a child sex sting investigation in October 2017 that encompassed
over 100 cities nationwide—the FBI reported the rescue of 168 child sex trafficking survivors and the arrest of 281 pimps, but not one child sex buyer was reported arrested or detained as part of this investigation or during any of the previous years’ operations.
More needs to be done by our government to stop the demand for this horrifying practice.
This legislation would amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act to allow the Attorney General to make grants to state and local law enforcement that are prioritizing their own efforts to reduce demand for human trafficking through
the investigation and prosecution of persons who solicit or patronize these illicit services. Essentially, this bill would incentivize law enforcement to go after the buyers in the human trafficking industry as well as the suppliers.
Please join me in this effort to provide our law enforcement officials with the tools they need to cut off the demand by those who solicit and purchase trafficking services, and hold those individuals accountable for their crimes. To become a cosponsor
of this bill, please contact Sebastian De Luca (Sebastian.DeLuca@Mail.House.Gov) in my office at 5-3635.
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