Walker, Meadows: The Fight to End Trafficking Makes a Crucial Step Forward
WASHINGTON, DC â€“ U.S. Representative Mark Walker (NC-06) and U.S. Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) released the following statement after the House passed S.178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which includes Rep. Walkerâ€™s first bill, the Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015 (H.R. 460). Rep. Meadows introduced similar legislation in the 113th session of Congress.
â€œHuman trafficking is one of the greatest injustices of our time, and it is happening in our own backyard. Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and non-profit groupsâ€”such as North Carolinaâ€™s Sixth Districtâ€™s Alamance for Freedom and World Relief High Point â€“ are on the front lines of this battle, and they are pleading for our help. In Congress, we hear your pleas and we hear the voices of those trapped in this evil of modern-day slavery. I am proud of the actions of Congress today, taking this vital step to save these precious individuals from years of abuse and sending these important bills to the Presidentâ€™s desk to finally become law,â€ said Congressman Walker.
â€œI commend the House for passing this critical piece of legislation which will go a long way in helping stop human trafficking. We have a moral obligation to do everything in our power to eradicate modern day slavery, and this bill is an important step. Iâ€™m grateful to Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC) for his leadership on this incredibly important issue,â€ Congressman Meadows said.
The Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015 (H.R. 460) is the first bill introduced by Rep. Walker. The Human Trafficking Detection Act works to effectively train and inform Department of Homeland Security personnel to better detect and intercept human traffickers and their victims and passed unanimously in the House in January. Rep. Walkerâ€™s legislation was included as an amendment offered by Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178). The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act includes nine additional human trafficking bills passed by the House in January.