House Approves Anti-Human Trafficking Bills

January 27, 2015: House Approves Anti-Human Trafficking Bills The House passed three bills aimed at human trafficking. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (H.R. 181) would establish a grant program to help state and local law enforcement develop domestic child trafficking deterrence programs and streamline trafficking investigations. The Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act (H.R. 350) would require the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking to conduct a review of federal and state activities to deter and prevent children from becoming victims. Lastly, the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act (H.R. 159) encourages states to enact legislation that provides social support services to minors arrested for commercial sex acts, rather than criminal prosecution, and authorizes the Department of Justice (DOJ) to prioritize funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program to police departments located in states with safe-harbor laws in place.