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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Co-leads Bipartisan Effort on Passage of Imperative Sex Trafficking Legislation

July 12, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed an important bill package that focuses on reducing sex trafficking in the United States. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) helped author the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention, Protection, and Reauthorization Act, which will reauthorize $130 million in current funds appropriated to ensure an integrated, whole-of-government response to fight human trafficking for the next four years. The legislation also includes important improvements to current law to help further address and prevent human trafficking.

“One of our most urgent priorities should be disrupting the child welfare to trafficking pipeline and finding better and more effective ways to meet the critical needs of this vulnerable population,” Rep. Bass, Co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, said. “That’s why I’ve added a provision to this important piece of legislation that focuses on the special housing needs of young girls in the foster care system. One of the major reasons girls cannot escape the cycle of sex trafficking is because they do not have housing to escape to. At every level of government, we have an urgent responsibility to shut down pathways for child sex trafficking and to invest in critical housing needs for vulnerable girls and foster youth. This responsibility includes supporting and adopting this piece of legislation.” 

The package passed unanimously by voice vote with no voiced opposition on the House floor. Read the full bill text here.