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Human trafficking, the U.N. calls it a modern form of slavery. It’s not something we associate with life here in the United States. And while more than half of trafficking victims are in Asia and the Pacific, it is happening in this country too. A new Global Slavery Index was released last month by the Walk Free Foundation, a group that fights human trafficking. And according to that report, the U.S. is home to roughly 60,000 people who live in slave-like conditions.
It’s an issue that’s come to the attention of Republican Representative Ed Royce of California, the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Royce recently introduced legislation aimed at combating international human trafficking.
We reached out to Congressman Royce and I started by asking him what good another law against human trafficking will do since the practice is already illegal.
REPRESENTATIVE ED ROYCE: Let me give you an example. Right now, you have victims trafficked into the United States. They have no idea what their rights are. What the legislation that I’ve introduced would do is to give the workers the right up front to have information with a …read more
Source: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce