BIPARTISAN KATKO LEGISLATION TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING SIGNED INTO LAW

January 8, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan, bicameral legislation introduced in the House by U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) to combat the threat of human trafficking was today signed into law by President Trump.  

The bill, the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act, disqualifies an individual from operating a commercial motor vehicle for life if he or she has committed a human trafficking crime.  A similar ban is currently in place for drug trafficking, in which a felony conviction carries a lifetime ban.

Rep. Katko said, “Too often, human traffickers take advantage of our nation’s transportation network to transport their victims from one location to the next.  Truck drivers are often a critical asset in helping law enforcement identify victims who otherwise might go unseen.  However, an isolated few individuals have taken advantage of their position to illegally traffic innocent people.  This measure will help us stop this from occurring, and I commend the President for recognizing the importance of addressing human trafficking and for signing this measure into law.  While the vast majority of our nation’s truck drivers are hardworking, honest men and women, this bill is necessary to ensure that the select few who commit these crimes are brought to justice.”

In December, Rep. Katko spoke on the floor of the House in support of the legislation.

Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District of New York, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and the western portion of Oswego County.  For more information

visit https://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.

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