COVID-19 puts more children at risk of exploitation
By Rep. Chris Smith
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.
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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.
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 »
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.
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 :
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.
MMM asked Smith to comment on the Epstein indictment and the TVPA’s impact on prosecuting human trafficking.
“Nearly 20 years ago, I wrote the Trafficking Victims Protection Act which is being used in the Epstein prosecution, to give law enforcement better tools to prosecute, convict and jail human traffickers—and to help rescue and protect victims, who are mostly women and children,” said Smith who also authored four subsequent laws reauthorizing, strengthening and expanding America’s anti-human trafficking programs.
Teaching children to recognize, resist and report any attempt to recruit or coerce them into human trafficking
WASHINGTON, DC—An international parliamentary assembly of leading lawmakers from 54 countries today unanimously adopted an anti-human trafficking initiative authored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) to further protect children by teaching them about the risks of human trafficking.