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AGs Urge Congress to Fund Programs that Fight Human Trafficking

December 17, 2013

Washington, DC -The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter today to congressional committee leaders overseeing the federal funding for programs that fight the growing problem of human trafficking and slavery in the United States. It urged Congress to appropriate funding for programs authorized by the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA).

“The TVPRA makes significant progress in protecting domestic minor victims of human trafficking, encouraging further education and awareness about human trafficking, providing prosecutors with more effective tools for prosecuting offenders, and funding task forces across the country that battle trafficking each day,” reads the NAAG letter signed by 47 state and territorial attorneys general. “…ongoing funding for federal agencies, local task forces, and victim services programs is crucial.”

Human trafficking is tied as the second largest and is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, generating roughly $32 billion each year. Eighty-three percent of sex trafficking victims identified in the United States were U.S. citizens, according to the U.S. Dept. of Justice. The average age that U.S. children are first used in commercial sex is 12 to 14. State and territorial attorneys general made combating human trafficking a NAAG priority starting in 2011.

A copy of the NAAG letter can be found here: http://www.naag.org/sign-on_archive.php.

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The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), www.naag.org, was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfil the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions.

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