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Walker Continues Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking, Reintroduces the BRIGHT Act

June 1, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (NC-06) last week introduced the Bettering Resources In Guarding from Human Trafficking (BRIGHT) Act. This legislation establishes minimum sentences for those convicted of Federal human trafficking crimes. The bill introduction was made during Combating Trafficking and Child Protection Week in Congress.

The BRIGHT Act comes after Congressman Walker’s successful efforts to combat human trafficking through H.R. 460, Human Trafficking Detection Act, which passed the House last year and was signed into law as part of S. 178, Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. It also follows feedback from meetings in North Carolina’s 6th District with law enforcement agencies and organizations working to fight human trafficking. Walker originally introduced the BRIGHT Act during the 114th Congress.

“Human trafficking is one of the greatest injustices of our time,” Walker said. “ It destroys, enslaves and exploits human life. This abhorrent crime needs to be treated with the seriousness it deserves.”

“I am grateful for the progress we have made to combat human trafficking locally and nationally – but it’s not enough,” Walker added. “Life is invaluable and we must do all we can to protect it at every stage.”

This bill is part of an effort of overall sentencing reform to ensure that crimes are treated with the seriousness they deserve. For some, this means reducing proposed sentences. For others, like human trafficking, it means treating them as the serious crimes that they are.

You can read the full text of the legislation here.