President Trump: War on Human Trafficking
February 24, 2017
President Donald Trump vows to go face to face against sex trafficking. Daughter Ivanka Trump is reported to be a driving force behind the aggressive efforts.
According to the FBI, human trafficking is believed to be the third-largest criminal activity in the world. In recent years cases have been piling up and leads are hard to follow in many instances. President Trump has vowed to bring “full force and weight” to battle this epidemic aggressively . In a Reuters video the president pointed out the seriousness of this issues in America and worldwide. A short synopsis of the statements maid by President trump indicate that globally nearly 21 million people are victims of human trafficking, according to the U.N.’s International Labor Organization. An estimated 4.5 million of them are forced into sex work. More cases of human trafficking were reported in California than in any other U.S. state last year, according to data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s hotline. Some 5,500 cases of sex trafficking were reported to the center’s hotline nationwide last year, according to its website.
The president is meeting at the White House with senior advisers and representatives of organizations that deal with trafficking. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, is among those in attendance.
Trump calls human trafficking a problem that is “not talked about enough.” He says he will order the departments of Justice and Homeland Security to take a hard look at the resources they are devoting to addressing the issue.
Reports indicate that the issue of human trafficking is a priority of Ivanka Trump, who has pledged to advise her father on women’s issues. One of the charities attending the meeting, Tech Innovation to Fight Child Sexual Exploitation, was co-founded by her husband Jared Kushner.
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