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Rep. Katko sponsors bill to improve federal response to human trafficking

U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24), along with others on the House Homeland Security Committee, has introduced legislation to ramp up efforts at the federal level to combat human trafficking.

The bill, cosponsored by Katko, would make the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Countering Human Trafficking a permanent fixture, as well as improve coordinating between the department and law enforcement education programs, according to The Citizen.

Cardell Morant, director of the Center for Countering Human Trafficking, wrote in their annual report that there are 25 million victims of human trafficking worldwide annually, 80% of which involve forced labor and 20% involving sex trafficking.