Human Trafficking Hotline Legislation Heads to Senate

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House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters at the Capitol, in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Legislation to address human trafficking passed the House recently. HR 7181 is the Human Trafficking Prevention Act. It directs the secretary of transportation to seek to provide for the posting of contact information for the national human trafficking hotline in the bathrooms of every aircraft, airport, over-the-road bus station, passenger train, and railroad station in the country. It passed by voice vote.

“As I have said many times before, smuggling people across international borders is an equally troubling crime, but distinct from human trafficking. Smugglers must be prosecuted and the exploitation of their victims must not go unpunished,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas).

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) is the original sponsor of the legislation. It now heads to the Senate for debate.


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