Reichert urges more action on sex trafficking prevention

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Dave Reichert
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U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) today united with national and global organization leaders to discuss the sex trafficking problem and ways to prevent it.

Reichert joined the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations for the hearing, "Lessons Learned from Super Bowl Preparations: Preventing International Human Trafficking at Major Sporting Events," in Washington, D.C.

He discussed his work in Congress to prevent and address the serious crime and to hear from witnesses testifying about efforts to prevent child sex trafficking.

"It was a privilege to attend and participate in today's hearing and to hear from the witnesses who have so clearly seen this world and all that is wrong with it," said Reichert, of Auburn. "I applaud their efforts to help the young girls and boys caught up in this tragedy. Many of these victims come from the foster care system, a system into which they have been placed for their own welfare and protection. And we have failed them.

"We owe it to these children to ensure our nation's foster care system does all it can to protect them so they can live safe, happy and successful lives," Reichert said. "The prevalence of this problem at the Super Bowl allows us to focus national attention on it. But it is a problem seven days a week, 52 weeks a year for the children who are caught up in it. We owe it to them to develop real solutions."

Reichert serves as Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources which has jurisdiction over our nation's foster care system. As chairman, Reichert has been investigating the prevalence of foster youth becoming victims of sex trafficking and will soon introduce legislation based on the Human Resources subcommittee's findings to better understand and prevent sex trafficking of youth in foster care.

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