WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today praised unanimous passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S.178).
“By helping victims and arming law enforcement with the tools they need to fight this brutal industry, passage of this legislation is an important step in the fight against human trafficking,” said Corker. “I am glad there is bipartisan focus on this issue both domestically and abroad, and I remain committed to additionally pursuing efforts to help end modern slavery worldwide.”
The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, sponsored by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), boosts support for and protection of victims of human trafficking by increasing law enforcement resources, enhancing victims’ services and increasing penalties on perpetrators.
Corker has long been a supporter of efforts to fight human trafficking and modern slavery. In addition to supporting the Cornyn bill that focuses on addressing human trafficking within the United States, Corker has introduced legislation, The End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015 (S.553), that would create a powerful effort in concert with the private sector and foreign governments to help eliminate modern slavery around the world. In February, Corker’s legislation passed unanimously out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and he continues to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to move the bill through Congress.