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Smith’s historic anti-trafficking victims law marks 20th year

COVID-19 puts more children at risk of exploitation

                                                                                    By Rep. Chris Smith

            Today—October 28th—marks 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000—the comprehensive, historic law that I authored to aggressively combat sex and labor trafficking both within the United States and around the world.

The TVPA created a new, well-funded whole-of-government domestic and international strategy and established numerous new programs to Protect victims, Prosecute traffickers and to the extent possible,Prevent human trafficking in the first place.

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State Department releases 20th annual Trafficking in Persons Report

Rep Smith, author of landmark law, recognised for years of fighting Human Trafficking

China scores lowest possible rating, Ireland does poorly 

WASHINGTON, DC—Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) joined Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump, and U.S. anti-trafficking ambassador John Richmond today at the State Department for the release of the 20th annual “Trafficking in Persons” or TIP Report mandated by Smith’s groundbreaking human trafficking law enacted in 2000.       

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State Dept Report: Virus pandemic has led to rise in human trafficking

Washington (AFP) – The United States on Thursday warned that instability sparked by the global coronavirus pandemic has opened the door to increased human trafficking.

Washington also added Afghanistan, Algeria, Lesotho and Nicaragua to its blacklist on human trafficking in its annual report on the illegal practice.

“While urgency has always marked the fight against human trafficking, the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic have magnified the need for all stakeholders to work together in the fight more than ever,” Pompeo said in the report’s introduction.”We know that human traffickers prey up… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 25th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Human Trafficking | Tags: | Comments Off on State Dept Report: Virus pandemic has led to rise in human trafficking

Smith to International lawmakers: The pandemic puts human trafficking victims at higher risk

Sexual predators and human traffickers have not taken a holiday during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Victims need to be rescued and survivors need assistance. Predators are online grooming vulnerable children and women.

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Smith calls on NJ Leaders to combat human trafficking, return civility to politics, in keynote address

photo courtesy of NJ Chamber of Commerce via facebook

In his keynote address to leaders of New Jersey’s business community and government at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s annual Congressional Diner in Washington, Congressman Chris Smith acknowledged his audience’s efforts in job creation and in combating the coronavirus outbreak before challenging the leaders to step up their efforts to combat human trafficking and to increase the civility of the political discourse in New Jersey and nationwide.

Smith’s remarks as prepared for delivery are below :

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Posted: February 27th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Human Trafficking, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Smith calls on NJ Leaders to combat human trafficking, return civility to politics, in keynote address

White House Marks 20th Anniversary of Smith’s Landmark Trafficking Law

 

WASHINGTON, DC— Rep. Chris Smith joined President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump, Attorney General William Barr, and other congressional and State Department officials at the White House today to mark the 20th year since enactment of Smith’s landmark Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA, Public Law 106-386). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 1st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Donald Trump, Human Trafficking | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Smith supports USDOT effort to thwart human trafficking

USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao announced a nationwide initiative to combat human trafficking in the transportation industry this week with an objective of training over 1 million employees in the transportation workforce to spot and report these heinous crimes.

Congressman Chris Smith spoke at the event in Washington this week to support the effort.

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Posted: January 30th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Human Trafficking, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Smith supports USDOT effort to thwart human trafficking

Congressman Smith to ask prosecutors to prioritize human trafficking cases

Congressman Chris Smith is scheduled to address the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey on Sunday, November 24, in Atlantic City.

The following are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Do we need more laws? Maybe. But more than anything else, we need to further prioritize combating human trafficking, especially through prosecution.”

Protecting the Weakest and Most Vulnerable From the Cruelty of Human Trafficking

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Posted: November 23rd, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Human Trafficking, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Congressman Smith to ask prosecutors to prioritize human trafficking cases

DiMaso’s bill would crackdown on illegal massage parlors, thwart human trafficking

New Look Spa in Hazlet was busted in March of 2018

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywomen Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth) and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) strengthens the regulation of massage and bodywork establishment in order to combat prostitution and human trafficking was approved by the Assembly Homeland Security Committee today.

“The massage industry is a hotbed of human trafficking,” said DiMaso. “This bill reins in an out-of-control industry. Changing the rules will protect trafficking victims. We will shut down facilities profiting from illegal activities.”

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Posted: March 11th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Human Trafficking, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on DiMaso’s bill would crackdown on illegal massage parlors, thwart human trafficking

Congressman Chris Smith Acknowledges Hotels That Fight Human Trafficking

Representatives of the Junior Leagues of NJ State Public Affairs Committee meet with Rep Chris Smith during the NJ Chamber’s Congressional Dinner. Click on photo for info on JL-NJSPAC’s anti-human trafficking efforts

During his remarks to the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s 82nd Walk to Washington Congressional Dinner, Congressman Chris Smith acknowledged five hotel chains for their leadership in fighting human trafficking; Hilton, Carlson, Radisson, Wyndham and Marriott.

Smith introduced legislation yesterday, H.R.1427, which will require that hotels that fight human trafficking be preferred vendors for federal government travel.

Smith remarks to the Chamber, as prepared for delivery, follow:

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Posted: March 1st, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Human Trafficking, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressman Chris Smith Acknowledges Hotels That Fight Human Trafficking