S. Hrg. 114-179: Human Trafficking Investigation, Hearing Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, November 19, 2015 [open pdf - 4MB]
This is the November 19, 2015 hearing on "Human Trafficking Investigation," held before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. From the opening statement of Rob Portman: "Over the past 7 months, this Subcommittee has conducted a bipartisan investigation into how sex traffickers increasingly use the Internet to advance their trade and to evade detection. The aim of this investigation is very straightforward. We want to understand how lawmakers, law enforcement, even private businesses can more effectively combat this serious crime that thrives on this online black market. As Co-Chair of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking and, maybe more importantly, as someone who represents a State that has experienced some abhorrent sex-trafficking networks, and, maybe most importantly, as a father, this is an issue that I feel strongly about and have worked on over a number of years. I have spent time with those dedicated to fighting this crime and those victimized by it. For victims, the toll of sex trafficking is measured in stolen childhoods and long-lasting trauma. For traffickers, it is measured in dollars, often a lot of dollars. It is a problem that I believe Congress should pay more attention to." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Yiota G. Souras and Darwin P. Roberts.
S. Hrg. 114-179; Senate Hearing 114-179
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