Marco Rubio Pushes Anti-Human Trafficking Bill With Kay Hagan

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., weighed in on human trafficking on Thursday and urged Congress to pass the “Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act" he introduced with U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., last month.

Broward College held an anti-human trafficking event on Thursday and Rubio offered a video statement in which he talked about incidents in South Florida.

“Just this month, a human trafficking ring was busted at a Miami Beach strip club. Their victim was a 13-year old girl. 13 years old,” Rubio said.

“It seems unconscionable that anyone would target and exploit our precious children like this. But they do, and we need to do more to stop it,” Rubio continued. “Last year, Congress took an important step to combat human trafficking by reauthorizing landmark legislation. But significant gaps remain.

“That’s why I’ve introduced the 'Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking Act’ – a bill to combat sex and labor trafficking in child welfare systems across the country,” Rubio added. “And we need your support to pressure Congress to get it passed and signed into law this year.”

Rubio’s bill calls for states to work with the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services to maintain data from their child welfare systems on human trafficking and their efforts to comabt it.

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