HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSES BIPARTISAN KATKO LEGISLATION TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass bicameral, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24), the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act.
This measure disqualifies an individual from operating a commercial motor vehicle for life if he or she committed a human trafficking crime. A similar ban is currently in place for drug trafficking in which a felony conviction carries a lifetime ban.
Before the vote, Rep. Katko spoke on the floor of the House in support of the legislation. His remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below.
“I am proud to rise in favor of S. 1532, the ‘No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act.’ This bipartisan, bicameral bill strengthens our nation’s efforts to combat human trafficking.
“As a former organized crime prosecutor on both the northern border and on the southern border, I’ve seen firsthand the horrors of human trafficking. Too often, human traffickers take advantage of our nation’s transportation network to transport their victims from one location to the next. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the transportation industry play a critical role in preventing and stopping these heinous exploitations.
“I want to commend the trucking industry for their commitment in training drivers to identify instances of human trafficking through organizations like Truckers Against Trafficking, or TAT. 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. We must stop this from occurring.
“Earlier this year, alongside my good friend Congresswoman Esty, I introduced H.R. 3814, the House companion to the legislation before us. While the vast majority of our nation’s truck drivers are hardworking, honest men and women, our bill is necessary to ensure that the select few who commit these crimes are brought to justice.
“I am grateful for the Chairman’s support in moving our bill through the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and bringing this important issue before the floor of the House.
“I would also like to thank outside organizations like the National District Attorney’s Association for supporting this legislation.
“Again, I would like to thank Representative Esty and Senators Thune and Klobuchar for their bipartisan, bicameral leadership and yield back the balance of my time.”
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.