House Committee Approves Keating Human Trafficking Bill

WASHINGTON – A bill sponsored by Cape Cod’s congressman that aims to amend the makeup of a federal human trafficking task force has passed through a House committee.

Bourne Democrat Bill Keating was the lead sponsor of the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act. The bill was co-sponsored by Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA), Mia Love (R-UT), and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

The bill would add the Secretary of the Treasury to the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking. The group was established by the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 and is responsible for submitting recommendations to Congress on anti-money laundering programs related to human trafficking.

“This week’s markups underscore two important facts: that human trafficking continues to present a serious challenge for law enforcement that must be addressed, and that the most effective way to do so – as is true with most threats to human security – is in a bipartisan manner,” said Rep. Keating.  “I am proud to be a sponsor of this common-sense bill with my colleagues Reps. Royce, Maloney, and Love, which will provide law enforcement and their partners with the tools necessary to prevent human trafficking and hold perpetrators responsible for their horrific crimes.

“Being successful in eliminating these despicable criminal networks requires a strategic approach, and as I learned as a DA, when confronted by complex security and law enforcement problems, the best way to approach this is to follow the money,” Keating added.

The International Labour Organization estimates that there are nearly 21 million victims of human trafficking worldwide.

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