Apr 30 2014
Representative Ted Poe (R-Texas) serves as Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. As a member of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Poe has been a leader and advocate for safeguarding our children and ensuring that the needs and issues facing victims of crime are equally represented.
On November 19, 2013, Rep. Poe introduced H.R. 3530, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2013. This comprehensive anti-human trafficking bill boosts support and protection for domestic human trafficking victims by increasing and streamlining law enforcement resources, enhancing victims’ services, and strengthening our laws to ensure that both buyers and sellers engaged in sex trafficking are held accountable for their crimes.
Rep. Poe on H.R. 3530: “There are three different groups in the crime of human trafficking. The buyer, the trafficker, and the victim. This legislation addresses all three. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act implements a new, robust and aggressive strategy to help combat human trafficking in the United States. It targets demand by treating people who buy other people like what they are: criminals. Finally, it increases support for and protection of those who have suffered: the victims. Congress must take the lead and ensure that victims of human trafficking are no longer treated as criminals. We must end this modern day slavery that occurs in our own backyards.”
H.R. 3530 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on April 30, 2014. This legislation currently awaits further consideration by the full House of Representatives. To watch Rep. Poe's opening statement on H.R. 3530 during Committee markup, click on the video below.