Georgia Gov. Ossoff Introduces Bill to Combat Human Trafficking

Georgia Gov. Ossoff Introduces Bill to Combat Human Trafficking

Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff is introducing a new bill that would help provide more resources to combat human trafficking in the United States. (Henry County Government/TNS)

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U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff, a Democrat from Georgia, and Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee, introduced a bipartisan bill Tuesday aimed at strengthening support for victims of human trafficking.

Ossoff chairs the Senate Human Rights Subcommittee, and Blackburn is the ranking Republican on the panel.

The bill would give the Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime more flexibility in funding programs that help victims of human trafficking and would help increase training and technical assistance to organizations that receive federal grants to help such victims.

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“Human trafficking in Georgia and across the country is a crisis,” Ossoff said. “That’s why Senator Blackburn and I are introducing this bipartisan bill to strengthen support and protections for trafficking victims.”

“The modern slave trade, human trafficking, is a $150 billion-a-year global industry that devastates our communities,” Blackburn added. “By passing the Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking Act, the Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime will be more responsive to the needs of organizations that support survivors of human trafficking.”

Ossoff and Blackburn also collaborated on the REPORT Act, signed by President Joe Biden in May, which requires websites and social media platforms to report child trafficking crimes to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Companies that deliberately fail to report child sexual abuse content on their sites will face stiffer fines.

The new bill is supported by key organizations that support victims of human trafficking, including Hope for Justice, Street Grace, Wellspring Living, 3Strands Global Foundation, Polaris and Thistle Farms.