WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jeff Chiesa today joined the U.S. Senate’s Caucus to End Human Trafficking. The bipartisan caucus, founded in 2012 by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rob Portman (R-OH), provides a forum for senators to come together to combat human trafficking by promoting awareness, removing demand, supporting prosecution efforts, and providing appropriate service systems for survivors.
“Human trafficking is the equivalent of modern day slavery and it’s happening all across the United States. This is a scourge that affects our young people. It robs them of their innocence and steals their freedom. We must do more to raise awareness, increase prosecutions against those responsible, and provide assistance to the victims,” said Chiesa (R-NJ). “I commend Senators Portman and Blumenthal for their good work on this issue and look forward to joining their efforts to end human trafficking.”
Prior to his appointment to the U.S. Senate, Chiesa attempted to make the state of New Jersey more effective in attacking the problem of human trafficking, including issuing a statewide law enforcement directive to increase human trafficking investigations and prosecutions, identify and rescue human trafficking victims, provide comprehensive services to victims, and train law enforcement to recognize possible signs of human trafficking when investigating other crimes.
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