WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) voted Monday (Feb. 1) for H.R. 400 – the Trafficking Prevention in Foreign Affairs Contracting Act – and the Senate Amendment to H.R. 515, which creates an International Megan’s Law to track the international travel of registered American child-sex offenders.
Following the votes, Westerman released the following statement:
“Since my time in the Arkansas General Assembly, I have stood for the innocent and worked on legislation that aims to prevent human trafficking and sex crimes against children. With passage of these bills, Congress today spoke with a unified voice in defense of our nation’s innocent children. Passage of H.R. 400 and H.R. 515, along with last year’s passage of the Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act (H.R. 159), are part of the continuing bipartisan effort to stop trafficking and protect our nation’s most vulnerable. I look forward to continued efforts to strengthen our laws and make human trafficking history.”
H.R. 159 was passed Jan. 27, 2015, and signed into law by President Barack Obama. Other anti-human trafficking legislation passed in Jan. 2015 include: H.R. 468 (Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims for Youth Trafficking Act of 2015), H.R. 469 (Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015), H.R. 246 (a bill to improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking), H.R. 514 (Human Trafficking Prioritization Act), H.R. 515 (International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking), and H.R. 357 (Human Trafficking Prevention Act).