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Laurel Lee’s Bill to Improve the National Human Trafficking Hotline Gaining Traction in the House

U.S. Rep. Laurel Lee’s, R-Fla., “National Human Trafficking Hotline Enhancement Act” is gaining traction on Capitol Hill.

Lee introduced the bill, which “would require entities that contract with the National Human Trafficking Hotline to cooperate with state and local law enforcement when receiving tips through the Hotline,” back in April with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., as the main co-sponsor.

Lee weighed in on the bill when she introduced it.

“Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline and its operator, Polaris, have worked together with state and local law enforcement to end human trafficking. But recently, Polaris has not communicated tips to law enforcement officials unless victims self-report. In order for the Hotline to operate effectively, there cannot be a divide between their efforts and those of law enforcement,” said Lee. “That is why I am proud to introduce the “National Human Trafficking Enhancement Act,” which would require any non-governmental organization that receives federal taxpayer dollars to operate the Hotline to notify law enforcement agencies of information communicated through the Hotline.”

More than 35 state attorneys general, including Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, recently reached out to congressional leadership, expressing outrage that the Hotline is not reporting human trafficking tips to law enforcement unless the victim self-reports” which “disrupts the federal-state partnership to end human trafficking.”

The bill cleared the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on a voice vote last week and now heads to the House floor.

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“The ‘National Human Trafficking Hotline Enhancement Act’ is a crucial piece of legislation that will assist survivors and combat human trafficking by sharing the tips received through the Hotline to law enforcement agencies,” said Lee. “Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline and its operator, Polaris, have worked together with state and local law enforcement to end human trafficking. But recently, Polaris has not communicated tips to law enforcement officials unless victims self-report.

“In order for the Hotline to operate effectively, there cannot be a divide in efforts between the Hotline and those of law enforcement. My legislation would require any non-governmental organization that receives federal taxpayer dollars that operate the Hotline to notify law enforcement agencies of information communicated through the Hotline,” added Lee.

“Earlier this year, I called on Congress to take swift action to ensure the National Human Trafficking Hotline cooperates with law enforcement—as intended! I am grateful Congresswoman Lee quickly answered this call and is pushing legislation to help ensure law enforcement rapidly communicates tips about suspicious activity so we can stop trafficking and save lives,” said Moody.

So far, there is no companion measure over in the U.S. Senate.

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    Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

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