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Kline Championing Anti-Trafficking Efforts

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Burnsville, January 16, 2015 | comments
"Human trafficking prevention is a cause dear to our families, neighbors, friends, and loved ones. I look forward to Republicans and Democrats coming together with a shared goal of ensuring the safety of our kids and protecting our most vulnerable youth."
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BURNSVILLE – Minnesota Congressman John Kline is once again helping to champion several bipartisan efforts to combat human trafficking and crack down on this national crisis. The anti-trafficking bills will be considered by Congress in the coming weeks.

“As a father of two and grandfather of four, it is impossible for me to fathom the pain and suffering the victims and families of trafficking feel,” said Kline. “We as a nation must fight this heinous crime with every tool available.”

As the Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Kline last year led a hearing to learn more about the heroic efforts made by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Additionally, Kline helped champion legislation signed into law by President Obama that extended our partnership with the center because it plays a vital role in a national effort to protect vulnerable youth. In Minnesota alone, NCMEC has helped resolve cases involving nearly 1,700 endangered runaways and almost 400 abductions.

Bipartisan legislation Kline is sponsoring that is expected to be considered by Congress includes:

  • “Improving Response to Child Sex Trafficking” (H.R. 246) – improves the response to victims of child sex trafficking.
  • “Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act” (H.R. 285) – penalizes anyone who knowingly benefits from the advertisement or sale of sex acts online for minors. 
  • “Stop Exploitation Through Human Trafficking Act” (H.R. 159) – authored by Minnesota colleague Erik Paulsen, requires states to effect legislation treating a minor who engaged in a commercial sex act as a victim of severe trafficking and provides safe harbor for those minors from prosecution.
  • “Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act” (H.R. 181) – creates a penalty of $5,000 on any person convicted of crimes relating to: peonage, slavery, and trafficking in persons, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and other abuse of children, transportation for illegal sexual activity or human smuggling.
  • “Human Trafficking Prevention Act” (H.R. 357) – requires additional training for Department of State officials related to human trafficking.

Kline also intends to support legislative action in the coming weeks that will improve practices within state child welfare systems to serve sex trafficking victims, and strengthen support for runaway and homeless youth who are victims of sex trafficking. 

“Human trafficking prevention is a cause dear to our families, neighbors, friends, and loved ones,” Kline said. “I look forward to Republicans and Democrats coming together with a shared goal of ensuring the safety of our kids and protecting our most vulnerable youth.”

John Kline is Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee. He and his wife, Vicky, live in Burnsville.


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