The new legislation titled the “Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act of 2017,” is co-sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith [R-NJ] and Rep. Karen Bass [D-CA].
Ken Morris, the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and co-founder of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiative — co-founded in 2007 by descendants of Douglass and Booker T. Washington with the intention of ending modern day slavery — told NBC News this bill has come about at the perfect time.
“Douglass’ bicentennial is in 2018 and as our current president said on February 1, Frederick Douglass has done amazing things,” Morris said. “And whether that’s past tense or present tense we agree because the spirit of Frederick Douglass is with us today, and we are so honored this act is named for him.”
In addition to providing tools to U.S. departments to combat the problem, the bill will also provide: Education to susceptible minors, who could be vulnerable to traffickers; incentivize to hotels to train staff to spot the signs of trafficking; require airlines to train pilots and flight attendants on spotting trafficking; encourages survivors to work with the government to prevent trafficking.
“[He would] still be fighting injustice, and I know that he is honored and smiling down upon us all today to know that Rep. Smith has named this bill for him,” Morris said.[Excerpted. Read the full story here.]