BIG BUCKS: Senators Introduce Bill to Combat Human Trafficking – Will the Funds Really Help Victims This Time?

EDITORIAL: Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love seeing Human Trafficking in the forefront and getting desperately needed resources, especially resources to help victims. But, as recently said about Hollywood’s grandiose gestures which are in direct opposition to their everyday messages, this massive funding project, complete with grandiose design attached, is in direct opposition to the everyday actions of our US government.

At the end of 2014, it was reported that our government actually publicly stated human trafficking is not a priority at our borders. So . . . If they don’t care about traffickers transporting our daughters across our borders so their body parts can be rented by and sold to some sexual predator or pervert, why should we believe this is anything more than their usual annual transfer of assets to their usual group of crony non-profit founders? You know, those wannabe socialite bitches (hey, I’m being nice here), who continue to NOT help victims and instead, live luxurious lifestyles while hobnobbing with celebrities and politicians from all over the World, and ALL on YOUR hard earned money that YOU give to go toward helping victims!

So far, very little funding has gone to do anything for the victims and what has been spent has gone to foreign victims only. ZERO RESOURCES have gone to US citizens who’ve been victimized in their own country, many times by foreigners protected by our own government who gave them entry and license to set up unethical, and often illegal, businesses here. Billions of dollars have been poured into this cause over the past 10 years (7 of those with Obama), with very little going to help ANY actual victims. I mean, our government only prosecutes a FEW HUNDRED CASES each year when there are an estimated 2.5 million victims in America today. Only time will tell what will really become of all this money!

In the meantime, I am praying hard for those who get these funds. I pray for the Lord to work inside their hearts so they use ALL these resources to search out, rescue and restore ALL the victims of Human Trafficking. It’s time to bring humanity back to America and beyond. AMEN!

The legislation calls for the establishment of a foundation to help victims of forced labor and sexual exploitation.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., right, and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., conduct a news conference in the Capitol on the introduction of the 'End Modern Slavery Initiative Act,' Feb. 24, 2015. The red X's are the symbol for the End It Movement.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks at a news conference for the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act. Menendez has a red “X,” a symbol of the movement addressing human trafficking, drawn on his hand.

US News by  Feb. 25, 2015 | 5:12 p.m. EST
Lawmakers proposed a bipartisan bill Tuesday that would allocate $1.5 billion to strengthen the fight against global slavery and human trafficking.

“This will require U.S. leadership if we want to get rid of this grave injustice in the world,” said Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., one of the bill’s co-sponsors.

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The bill seeks to build on prior trafficking legislation and calls for the establishment of a foundation that will fund international programs to free the estimated 27 million victims of forced labor and sexual exploitation.

Co-sponsoring the bill is Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“For the first time, there would be a worldwide effort to end modern slavery,” he said.

Following the model of the U.S. government’s effort to address the global epidemic of HIV/AIDS, the foundation would be the first worldwide initiative to leverage both the public and private sectors in the battle against modern slavery.

“Business and governments can do more,” Menendez said. “Governments can muster more political will. Companies can clean up their supply chains and make that information more public. And the public can be more aware of who picks the fruit on their breakfast cereal.”

The funding initiative would require $250 million in taxpayer money over eight years, with $750 million coming from the private sector and $500 million from foreign governments.

“We’re very optimistic that it will be an absolute watershed moment for those of us working in the anti-slavery field,” said Tim Gehring, policy and research manager at the International Justice Mission. “We’ve never had these types of resources. This $1.5 billion effort to fight this crime is absolutely unprecedented.”

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The legislation includes a plan to enforce a rule of law to hold perpetrators of modern slavery accountable. Gehring said the bill’s approach to impunity would be critical.

“These are crimes of opportunity,” Corker said. “Business people, knowing that they’re not going to be prosecuted, are able to enslave people for their own well-being.”

Foundation programs would also be mandated to gather data as a way to measure impact. If programs fail to show results, funding will be halted, Corker said.

By enlisting additional help from foreign governments and the private sector, which has been increasingly cooperative, the legislation is a multipronged effort to raise awareness and help victims of forced labor from the garment factories of Bangladesh to World Cup construction in Qatar to shrimp boats in Thailand.

“We cannot pick and choose where we are trying to end modern slavery,” Menendez said. “It needs to be a global perspective, whether that is friend or foe, ally or not, we have to be committed to universal standards.”

Corker’s Senate committee will hold hearings on the legislation in upcoming weeks.

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