WASHINGTON, D.C.Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) issued the following statement on the signing of S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act into law by President Obama. This bill was introduced by Congressman Ted Poe and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) in the House and in the Senate by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). It passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support earlier this month and passed the Senate unanimously in April.

“As shocking as it is in 2015, there are people living in modern day slavery in America. Human trafficking is a criminal enterprise that exists in cities across the nation, especially in my hometown of Houston, Texas. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) establishes a robust and aggressive strategy to combat human trafficking in the United States. After years of hard work in Congress on this issue, I am proud that JVTA is now law. It was a pleasure to work with my colleague Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) in the House on this issue as well as Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).  I thank the President for signing such an important and bipartisan piece of legislation. Now, the United States can work to end this egregious crime and send a global message that those who buy and sell individuals will have to answer to the law.”