McConnell: Anti-trafficking legislation ‘vital’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested that an anti-human trafficking proposal senators are expected to take up Tuesday is must-pass legislation. 

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), includes additional resources for law enforcement and establishes a fund to raise money for victims.  
{mosads}McConnell said he hopes the legislation will continue to receive bipartisan support. It was passed unanimously out the Judiciary Committee earlier this year.
“This legislation is vital,” the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday from the Senate floor. “So I hope now that it has been brought to the floor, that this bill continues to enjoy its strong record of constructive bipartisan support.” 
McConnell said that thousands of Americans fall victim to trafficking each year, with Kentucky identifying more than 100 trafficking victims since it began keeping records in 2013.

“It’s just about the most morally offensive thing you could imagine,” he said. “These victims need a voice. They need justice. And the new Congress is determined to give them both. … I look forward to the Senate’s good work to pass it.” 

The Senate is expected to begin debate on the legislation at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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