U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, legislation that the President is anticipated to sign into law:
"The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act extends protections to the victims of trafficking long after they are freed, and allows law enforcement officers to use new investigative tools to get more offenders off our streets. Today marks a major step in the effort to stamp out human trafficking, and I'll keep up the fight to end this crime both here at home and abroad.”
The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act protects victims by requiring traffickers to be treated as violent criminals for purposes of pre-trial release, monitoring, and detention. It also recognizes child pornography production as a form of human trafficking and ensures that victims have access to crucial support services.
As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Royce earlier this year oversaw passage of three pieces of anti-trafficking legislation by the Committee. Rep. Royce also authored H.R. 400, the Trafficking Prevention in Foreign Affairs Contracting Act, an anti-trafficking measure to ensure U.S. tax dollars do not support human trafficking among the thousands of foreign workers the U.S. government employs overseas.
In 2013, Rep. Royce launched a Human Trafficking Congressional Advisory Committee (HTCAC) to address human trafficking concerns, as well as offer policy recommendations. The HTCAC is comprised of victims’ rights groups, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and community advocates, and is actively working to combat human trafficking in Southern California.