Congressman Wolf: Parents…Do you know where your children are?

http://wolf.house.gov/trafficking#.U5NIMy-7kpW

Human Trafficking

Trafficking Hearing February 24, 2014

Mrs. Stephanie Vu
Human trafficking survivor-advocate
Testimony

Detective William Woolf
Fairfax County Police Department
Testimony

Mrs. Cindy McCain
Arizona Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking
Testimony

Mr. John D. Ryan
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Testimony

TV News Clips of the Hearing

Newspaper Articles

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Not only is it an affront to human dignity, but it is an insidious criminal enterprise. Approximately 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year, according to the U.S. State Department. This figure does not include the thousands who are trafficked annually within countries, including the United States. While the hidden nature of trafficking makes reliable numbers difficult to come by, we do know traffickers prey on the most vulnerable.Traffickers can make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year selling women and children, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Polaris Project, one of the leading anti-trafficking organizations in the country.

The 2008 reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was appropriately titled the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act, named after the stalwart abolitionist who tirelessly fought to eradicate the British slave trade. Wilberforce famously said, “Having heard all this, you may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say that you do not know.” The same could be said of human trafficking today.Trafficking in persons takes a multitude of forms ranging from child sex tourism in distant Thailand, to bonded labor in rural India, to domestic servitude right in northern Virginia. Some people mistakenly assume that human trafficking occurs only in distant lands. But the reality is that it is happening in American cities, to American children.  Knowing this, we must not choose to look the other way.


Trafficking in Virginia:  

People often think trafficking takes place overseas in places like Thailand. In reality, it takes place right here in Virginia.  The links below show how close to home trafficking takes place:

Click here to read a piece from Washingtonian Magazine about human trafficking in Fairfax County.

Click here to read about the sentencing of the owner of an Annandale-based massage parlor to 30 months in prison for transporting women to work as prostitutes and laundering the proceeds from the illegal activity.

Click here to read court documents involving a Georgia man who pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria in 2013 of trafficking young girls in northern Virginia. Be sure to read Section 15 on page 6 to see the names and locations hotels in the region where the young girls were prostituted.

Click here to read about how local gangs are finding trafficking women and young girls is more profitable than trafficking drugs.

Click here to read about gang members indicted for racketeering, sex trafficking, robbery, cocaine distribution, and multiple acts of violence.


Shutting Down Backpage.com

On multiple occasions I have implored the Obama Administration to step up its efforts to stop human trafficking including through the possible criminal prosecution of Backpage.com which is reported to be the largest online forum for sex-trafficking under-age
girls in the United States.

Correspondence

News Stories Featuring Backpage.com

Click here for information about other efforts to shut down Backpage.com


Targeting Underage Prostitution

Recent FBI operations targeting pimps nationwide who are exploiting children through prostitution is a sobering reminder that human trafficking and child exploitation is happening right in our own backyard. Click here to read more.

Click here to watch a two-part series about a young woman from Fairfax who was lured into prostitution by a Crips gang member.

Click here to read about a case closer to home which involved trafficking of local teens by the gang MS-13. The Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force, comprised of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies – along with nongovernmental organizations – assisted in bringing
in this case.


As chairman of the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations subcommittee I have worked to include legislative language to strengthen anti-trafficking efforts here at home. 

Below are several links to news stories both local and national that highlight the problem of human trafficking.

Trafficking in the U.S.

Trafficking Around the World

Additional Correspondence

Cosponsored Legislation in the 113th Congress

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As an American I advocate a republic form of government, self-reliance, and adherence to the basic philosophy of the founding fathers and the founding documents, I ONLY respect those who respect and "HONOR" their honor. No exceptions!
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