Trafficking is rampant across the US (not to mention globally), a fact that most Americans don't like to think about let alone implement legislation to fight. "Why should we take care of trafficked victims? It's not like other people aren't already working on that..." This is NOT a pro-active approach. This is just a lazy way to negate the fact that there is a sincere problem that deserves proper government inquiry. If there are so many agencies working on this issue, why SHOULDN'T the US implement a designated team to delve into it? The agency could act as a coordinator amongst all of those "agencies that already exist," to actually benefit the victims and prosecute the perpetrators. The US should take a stand AGAINST human trafficking, not just stand idly by and wait for someone else to take care of the poor women and children this violent and perverse industry exploits day in and day out. The United States government has spent months investigating Russian probe relations to our sitting president and his constituents, why would we not motivate them to, perhaps, put those man-hours to a more lucrative use... Say... aiding victims of trafficking and putting the degenerates who partake in these horrifying crimes against humanity behind bars....
There are numerous agencies in place across the globe to fight human trafficking. Instead of creating yet another agency, work to coordinate efforts across and among these agencies. Examples include the CIA, the FBI, and Interpol. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2473/text
This seems ineffective since there are organizations in place that spend all of their time fighting trafficking. Ann Wagner is up for reelection in 2018 and this is the kind of feel-good legislation that appeals to much of the electorate.
The Attorney General who is arguably one of the highest individuals required to adjudicate the law must first know what is against the law. Human trafficking is against the law. It is a simple concept.
There is insufficient information outlined here to make an informed decision.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 resulted in the creation of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, who's mission is to coordinate anti-trafficking efforts among different federal government agencies. Under this task force, the Departments of Justice (DOJ), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Homeland Security (DHS) outlined actions for the federal government to take in order to monitor and combat human trafficking.
How does the proposed bill support these efforts? Does it create any redundancis or conflicting agendas?