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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

Feds Used Rep Smith’s Law To Snag Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted financier pedophile, will learned today if he will remain incarcerated pending the outcome of his trail on charges of Sex Trafficking Conspiracy and Sex Trafficking.

Epstein is charged under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 which was authored and shepherded through Congress by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ-4).

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.

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Posted: July 15th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Feds Used Rep Smith’s Law To Snag Jeffrey Epstein

Int’l Assembly Adopts Smith Resolution to Educate Children on Human Trafficking Threat

1 in 4 Trafficking Victims Are Children

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.

   Smith offered his “Educating Schoolchildren to Avoid Human Trafficking” resolution at the 28th Annual Session of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCEPA) held in Luxemburg July 4-9th and attended by more than 250 international, voting lawmakers including a bipartisan delegation of 17 representing the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 8th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Int’l Assembly Adopts Smith Resolution to Educate Children on Human Trafficking Threat

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

Smith’s new legislation will fight human trafficking in the hotel industry

Congressman Smith addressed the 9th annual NJ Human Trafficking and Awareness Event on January 25, 2019 in Trenton

Legislation introduced by Congressman Chris Smith on Thursday will require that U.S. government travel business be prioritized to hotels that have strong anti-human trafficking policies in place.

“U.S. government travelers should be staying at hotels that are part of the solution to human trafficking, not part of the problem,” Smith said. “Six of the 10 major hotels chains in the world have taken the initiative to train their staff to recognize and report when human traffickers use their hotels for crime.  These are the hotels that deserve U.S. government business.”

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Posted: February 28th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Human Rights, Human Trafficking, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »