WASHINGTON, DC- This week Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) led a bipartisan letter to House leadership urging  them to bring  S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act to the House floor for a vote.  This letter was signed by many of the lead sponsors of the various human trafficking bills that passed the House unanimously in January including: Reps. Renee Ellmers, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Joseph Heck, Karen Bass, Mark Walker, Sean Patrick Maloney, Kristi Noem, Joyce Beatty and Gwen Moore.

"In the year 2015, there are children living in captivity in America," said Rep. Poe. "As a nation, we cannot let this go on any longer and we must do everything we can to stop this slave trade. The Senate passed a strong, comprehensive piece of legislation to end this scourge 99-0, and I urge House leadership to bring this bill to the floor quickly. S. 178 incorporates ten different bills that passed the House with bipartisan support, including my bill, H.R. 181. Making the Senate compromise Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act the law of the land will be the first step to finally wiping out this scourge. It is time to protect our greatest resource, our children. They are not for sale.”