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Linda Smith & Tim Head in TheHill.com:

“Prior to adjourning for August, the U.S. House passed the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 2200 ), a positive step in attacking the supply and demand components of human trafficking.

Authored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), with twenty-seven co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle, the bill reauthorizes $520 million in federal funding over four years to prevent human trafficking, protect victims, and prosecute traffickers around the world. The bill would also prevent U.S. taxpayer funds from landing in the hands of international traffickers and restore the credibility of the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) by limiting the length of time a country can stay on the tier 2 watch list without demonstrable progress against trafficking…

…We encourage Congress to pass these pieces of legislation as soon as possible and deliver to President Trump’s desk laws that provide much needed resources to assist victims, stop trafficking offenders, and train law enforcement and everyday Americans to detect, report and prevent this most heinous crime.”

Linda Smith is Founder and President of Shared Hope International and former Member of the United States House of Representatives. Tim Head is Executive Director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition.

Excerpted with emphasis added. Read the full article here.