U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) Wednesday released the following statement after voting for bipartisan legislation that would take important steps toward ending human trafficking in the United States:
"It shocks the conscience that even in these modern times, millions of people in the United States and around the world remain victims of the evil practices of human trafficking and slavery, and that's why this bipartisan legislation is important," Alexander said. "This legislation is also yet another bipartisan example of how our Republican majority is working to get a result for the American people and doing what we were sent here to do - govern. I look forward to taking up more legislation on these types of issues in the future, including Sen. Corker's End Slavery Act."
The Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking Act, introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), would improve law enforcement's ability to target criminals engaged in human trafficking and hold them responsible as a human trafficker under the law. The bill also adds a $5,000 penalty for convicted sex offenders, traffickers and smugglers, which will be used to pay for block grants to support victims of trafficking.