HUA supports House passage of End Banking for Human Traffickers Act
April 12, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Humanity United Action applauds the House of Representatives for unanimously passing the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2017. This legislation takes significant steps to disrupt traffickers’ ability to use financial systems for illicit profits. Profit is the motive that drives all forms of human trafficking. It is essential that our law enforcement has the necessary authority to target traffickers through the financial system. Importantly, the bill would also require the State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report to assess whether foreign governments are adequately enforcing money laundering laws to combat human trafficking.
Humanity United Action greatly appreciates the leadership of Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Representatives William Keating (D-MA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Mia Love (R-UT), along with the bill’s numerous bipartisan cosponsors. Passing this bill would strengthen law enforcement’s ability to target traffickers and it would increase the usefulness of the TIP Report as a diplomatic tool to combat modern slavery globally. We urge the Senate to move quickly to take up the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act.