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U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), James Risch (R-ID), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced the Human Trafficking Prevention Act, bipartisan legislation to help prevent human trafficking by requiring the posting of the National Human Trafficking Hotline in all federal buildings and at each U.S. port of entry. The bill also directs the Secretary of Transportation to consult with owners of U.S. planes, busses, and trains, as well as airports, bus stations, and rail stations to include the hotline’s contact information in restrooms. The companion bill, which the House passed on a bipartisan basis in September, was introduced by U.S. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Darrell Issa (R-CA).
- “Human trafficking continues to cause suffering for millions of people worldwide, especially young women and girls. We must do everything we can to help the victims. This is a commonsense bill that exposes this evil.” – Senator Rubio
- “It is crucial that we take every step possible to stop human trafficking, and one commonsense place to intercede is at transportation hubs by letting victims, or those who notice a potential victim, know who to call for help. Our bill is an important effort to address one of the greatest evils in our society, and I will continue working with my colleagues across the aisle to stamp out human trafficking, hold perpetrators accountable, and save victims.” – Senator Hassan
- “Congress must do everything in its power to combat human trafficking. Providing both victims and potential witnesses of human trafficking with the information they need to call for help at transportation hubs will go a long way in preventing this abhorrent crime. That said, there is still more to be done and I will continue to support anti-trafficking efforts, provide victims with the necessary resources, and ensure traffickers are punished to the fullest extent.” – Senator Risch
- “Human trafficking is a heinous crime that threatens the well-being of women, men, and children across this country and around the world. The national human trafficking hotline has been a highly effective tool in helping victims, and I’m helping introduce this bipartisan legislation to ensure that it is even more visible in Nevada and nationwide.” – Senator Rosen