U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement today after supporting the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, which was passed today after a six-week-long impasse:

“The depravity of human trafficking should scar the conscience of every Nebraskan and compel us to protect the weak and voiceless among us. Today's legislation is an important step forward. As parents and Nebraskans, Melissa and I are heartbroken for the victims of modern day slavery and committed to ending these injustices.”

Additional Background

S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, would:

  • Improve law enforcement’s ability to target those who purchase sex or labor from a trafficking victim and hold them responsible as a human trafficker under the law.
  • Recognize child pornography production as a form of human trafficking.
  • Protect victims and witnesses by requiring traffickers to be treated as violent criminals for purposes of pre-trial release, monitoring, and detention.
  • Streamline the ability of state and local task forces to obtain wiretap warrants in order to investigate crimes of child pornography, child sexual exploitation, and human trafficking.