Smith Combats Human Trafficking—Modern Day Slavery
The International Labor Organization estimates that nearly 21,000,000 people—mostly young women and children—are subjected to modern day slavery across the globe. Millions more are trafficked within their own countries. They are stripped of their dignity, robbed of their human rights and forced into bondage and sexual servitude.
Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry that touches every country in the world, including the United States. It is among international organized crime’s top moneymakers, right up there with illegal arms trading and drug smuggling. Criminals have found that there is enormous profit in this nefarious slave trade.
Combating Human Trafficking
Congressman Smith has chaired numerous hearings and is the prime sponsor of three major laws and several international resolutions aimed at combating the scourge of human trafficking in the United States and around the world.
Smith’s Laws to Combat Human Trafficking
Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000
Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (P.L. 106-386)
Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (P.L. 108-193)
Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-164)
International Megan's Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking (P.L. 114-119)
Legislation Pending in the 114th Congress
H.R. 514 “Human Trafficking Prioritization Act” (Passed the House 1/26/2015)
House Passed Bills, Senate Failed to Act
H.R.4506 – “International Child Labor Relief Act of 1998” (105th Congress)
H.R. 5138 – “International Megan's Law of 2010” (111th Congress)
H.R. 4573 – “International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking” (113th Congress)
H.R. 2283 – “Human Trafficking Prioritization Act” (113th Congress)
July 12, 2016 Accountability Over Politics: Scrutinizing the Trafficking in Persons Report
March 22, 2016 Getting it right this time: A Victims-Centered Trafficking in Persons Report
November 4, 2015 Demanding Accountability: Evaluating the 2015 "Trafficking in Persons Report"
May 14, 2015 A Pathway to Freedom: Rescue and Refuge for Sex Trafficking Victims
April 22, 2015 Accountability and Transformation: Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
April 29, 2014 Effective Accountability: Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
January 27, 2014 Lessons Learned from Super Bowl Preparations: Preventing International Human Trafficking at Major Sporting Events
July 11, 2013 The State Department 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report
April 18, 2013 Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
November 2, 2011 Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime
October 27, 2011 The Trafficking in Person’s Report 2011: Truth, Trends, and Tier Rankings
June 13, 2011 Best Practices and Next Steps: A New Decade in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
May 23, 2011 Labor Trafficking in Troubled Economic Times: Protecting American Jobs and Migrant Human Rights
September 26, 2006 Enhancing the Global Fight to End Human Trafficking
June 14, 2006 Modern-Day Slavery: Spotlight on the 2006 Trafficking in Persons Report, Forced Labor, and Sex Trafficking at the World Cup
March 10, 2005 Markup of: H.R. 972, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.
March 9, 2005 Combating Human Trafficking: Achieving Zero Tolerance
September 21, 2004 Briefing: Joint Issue Forum with the House Committee on Armed Services: Enforcing U.S. Policies against Trafficking in Persons: How is the U.S. Military Doing?
September 14, 1999 Trafficking of Women and Children in the International Sex Trade
August 4, 1999 Markup of H.R. 1356 (Freedom From Sexual Trafficking Act of 1999