There have been over 18,000 cases of human trafficking reported in the USA since the year 2007.
So why are Senate Democrats blocking debate on the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (S.178, also referred to as JVTA), introduced by Senator John Cornyn of Texas?
Senator James Lankford, a freshman Republican from Oklahoma, explains what is happening: "All week the Senate has tried to debate an anti-Human Trafficking bill and the Democrats have filibustered it. It passed out of committee unanimously a month ago, now they invented a reason to block it on the floor saying that if it doesn't allow federal funding of abortion, they won't allow it to be debated on the floor. I am astounded that DC Democrats are so committed to abortion that they will not vote on a human trafficking bill. This is truly sad."
"I am astounded that DC Democrats are so committed to abortion that they will not vote on a human trafficking bill. This is truly sad." - Senator James Lankford
Senate Democrats must stop playing politics. The JVTA provides real solutions to help stop human trafficking and protect victims. It's time to work together to help victims of human trafficking -- they are real people, who are hurting, and need our help.
TAKE ACTION: Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask your two United States Senators to support S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015.
You can read the summary of Senate Bill 178 by clicking here.
For more information on how you can help stop human trafficking, check out End The Silence.