Smucker Lauds Committee Passage of Two Measures to Help Stop Human Trafficking
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker issued the following statement after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed two measures to help stop human trafficking:
“Four out of five people trafficked in the world today are trafficked for sexual exploitation. 80 percent are female and half are children. And it’s not just in remote parts of the world: more than 14 thousand people are trafficked into the United States each year. It’s happening all across America, and even in Lancaster, Berks, and Chester counties.
“The House has already passed multiple bills this year to crack down on human trafficking – increasing protections for victims and toughening penalties for traffickers. But we must remain vigilant and work to help end this terrible practice. I am glad the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today passed two bills that could help prevent human trafficking on American roads. I want to thank Reps. Elizabeth Esty and John Katko for their leadership on this issue, and I look forward to working with them to get these bills passed by the House.”
The following bills were passed out of committee today:
Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act (H.R. 3813)
Introduced by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act directs the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to designate a human trafficking prevention coordinator from within the Department. The bill expands the scope of activities authorized under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) outreach and education program to include human trafficking prevention. The bill also directs the Secretary to establish an advisory committee on human trafficking.
No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act (H.R. 3814)
Introduced by Rep. John Katko (NY-24), the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act disqualifies individuals from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for their lifetime if they used a CMV to commit a felony involving human trafficking. Current law already prohibits an individual from operating a CMV if they are convicted of one of nine different crimes, but currently human trafficking is not on that list.