Mr. Speaker, Amanda Jones was kidnapped in Dallas, Texas. She was 15 years of age, and then she was sold for sex at the hands of human traffickers.
Children right here in the United States are bought and sold for sexual exploitation in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Their souls are stolen from them, and no community is immune.
Amanda was in slavery for 9 years. She eventually escaped with her daughter and, thankfully, found services through a new wonderful organization in Dallas, New Friends New Life. New Friends New Life is primarily funded by Dallas donors, and it provides services to victims to address their unique needs. It helps them rebuild their lives.
Amanda now helps other trafficked victims become survivors instead of victims. We need more programs like this one, where survivors help each other.
Now, through funding in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, more services will be available to victims like Amanda. We can stop traffickers in their tracks because our children are not for sale, in our town, in our State, or in our country.
And that is just the way it is.