A press release from Congressman Randy Hultgren:
Human Trafficking Event to Address Sex Slavery-Prostitution-Pornography Link
Hultgren Recently Named to Congressional Human Trafficking Task Force
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) will host a special presentation for Members of Congress and their staffs by Laila Mickelwait of Exodus Cry, an international anti-human trafficking organization, to discuss the destructive correlation between prostitution and pornography, and sex slavery. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. ET in Room HC-8 of the U.S. Capitol.
“Human trafficking is a fast-growing global criminal enterprise that generates $32 billion annually and entraps millions of victims,” said Rep. Hultgren.
“Pursuing efforts to stop human trafficking at home and abroad requires we recognize the distinct connection between sex slavery and the prevalence of prostitution and pornography in a society. A successful strategy to defeat the global sex trade must address this link, and I look forward to hosting Members of Congress and their staff to hear from Exodus Cry.”
Rep. Hultgren has made combating human trafficking a priority in Washington as a member of the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus:
- This year, he was selected as a member of the Congressional Human Trafficking Task Force, formed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to bring Members of Congress together to produce legislation with the goal of combating international and domestic trafficking, while protecting and helping victims.
- Previously, Rep. Hultgren was a featured panelist at the Celebrating Life Unity Breakfast in February, hosted by Patriots United, which addressed human trafficking’s threat to Illinois’ communities.
- This past summer, he hosted a screening for Members of Congress and their staff of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, a documentary that unveils the hidden world of sex slavery as recounted by former victims and traffickers.
- He has co-sponsored the Fraudulent Overseas Recruitment and Trafficking Elimination Act of 2013 (H.R. 3344) and is an original co-sponsor of H.Con.Res. 66, a House Resolution urging that children trafficked in the United States be treated as victims of crime, and not as perpetrators.