Adequacy of the Department of Health and Human Services' Efforts to Protect Unaccompanied Alien Children From Human Trafficking, Hearing Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, January 28, 2016 [open pdf - 6MB]
This is the January 28, 2016 hearing "Adequacy of the Department of Health and Human Services' Efforts to Protect Unaccompanied Alien Children From Human Trafficking" before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Rob Portman: "Six months ago, many of my constituents in Ohio opened their morning papers to read the shocking news that law enforcement had discovered a human-trafficking ring operating in Marion, Ohio--a small town about 50 miles north of Columbus, Ohio. Six defendants were charged with enslaving multiple victims, including more than six migrant children from Guatemala, on egg farms in Marion County, Ohio. The details of the crime laid out by U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach were chilling. Traffickers lured the child victims to the United States with the promise of schooling and a better life. The parents of some of the victims even signed over the deeds to their properties back home as collateral for debt incurred to pay for the journey. But not long after their arrival, these children--some as young as 14 years old--were forced to work 12 hours a day, 6 to 7 days a week. The work was grueling. And the living conditions were squalid, with children packed into a dilapidated trailer. They said that some of the kids were living on mattresses underneath the trailer." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mark Greenberg, Tiffany Nelms, Jennifer Justice, and Kimberly Haynes.
S. Hrg. 114-290; Senate Hearing 114-290
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