A Monumental Week in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
This week, the House - together with the White House - took critical steps in the fight against human trafficking. On Tuesday I helped pass H.R. 2219, which increases law enforcement's focus on money laundering activities that have facilitated sex trafficking in the U.S.
I also supported H.R. 4203, the Combat Online Predators Act. Each year, predators target 7.5 million people through the Internet, a disproportionate number of whom are minors. This bill increases the maximum federal penalty for stalking individuals under the age of 18.
Additionally, President Trump signed into law the most significant anti-human trafficking legislation in years. The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act will give prosecutors legal clarity and greater authority to pursue and prosecute online sites that facilitate sex trafficking.
The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act is supported by law enforcement groups across the country, and is already being hailed by attorneys general nationwide for its work to prevent human trafficking.
Specifically, Manhattan's District Attorney said that early data suggests a 19% reduction in online trafficking advertising volume from the previous week, stating that overall "Current ad volume is a tenth of its previous size, the lowest yet recorded.”
GA National Guard Meeting at Dobbins
I met with Major General Joseph Jarrard of the Georgia National Guard on Monday at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. Maj. Gen. Jarrard is the 42nd Adjutant General of the Georgia Department of Defense.
The National Guard is a critical component of our nation's emergency response preparedness, capable of acting on natural disasters and other domestic emergencies swiftly and effectively. Maj. Gen. Jarrard and I discussed the National Guard's ongoing work with GEMA and GDOT to save lives and rebuild communities.
And later this year, Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will deploy to Afghanistan. We thank them for their sacrifices for our nation, and pray that God will bless and protect all of our troops in harm's way across the globe.