Mikulski, colleagues call for trafficking crackdown

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 6:26 pm | Updated: 10:46 pm, Wed Feb 25, 2015.

By ALICIA MCELHANEY Capital News Service

WASHINGTON — Calling human trafficking a “vile and violent issue,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., joined her female colleagues before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday to call for more aid for victims and a crackdown on traffickers.

Mikulski, along with the 19 other women serving in the Senate, sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee in early February calling for a hearing on sex trafficking. The result was a two-panel hearing — one included several of the senators who signed the letter, the other included experts and advocates...