Mikulski calls for crackdown on human trafficking

By Alicia McElhaney, Capital News Service

9:58 a.m. EDT, April 15, 2015

WASHINGTON – Calling human trafficking a “vile and violent issue,” U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski 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...