MIKULSKI, SENATE WOMEN URGE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING ON SEX TRAFFICKING

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), together with all 20 Senate women, today urged Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) andRanking Member Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) to hold a hearing on sex trafficking in the United States.

"Human trafficking is a $32 billion criminal enterprise, making it the second largest criminal industry in the world behind the drug trade," the Senators wrote. "According to the Department of Justice, 83 percent of sex trafficking victims in the United States are American citizens."

"A hearing would provide an opportunity to shine a spotlight on sex trafficking; receive testimony from victims, advocates, and law enforcement; and provide the committee with an informed perspective as it considers legislation in this area," the Senators added...