Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Asks Congress to Fund Anti-Human Trafficking Programs

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 17, 2013  
Contact Information:  Daniel Kemp
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway, along with 46 other state and territorial attorneys general, sent a letter today asking Congress to fund the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). This funding would go toward programs that fight human trafficking in the United States and abroad.

"Human trafficking is modern-day slavery," General Conway said. "It's happening across the country, including right here in Kentucky. This is mission-critical funding necessary to better protect victims of human trafficking and prosecute traffickers."

Established in 2000, the TVPRA greatly increased the country's efforts to protect domestic minor victims of human trafficking, encourage further education and awareness about human trafficking, provide prosecutors with more effective tools for prosecuting offenders and fund task forces that battle trafficking each day. The original legislation established human trafficking as a federal crime.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, after drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second-largest criminal industry in the world, generating about $32 billion each year.

Many victims of human trafficking are forced to work in prostitution or other areas of the sex industry. Trafficking also occurs in forms of labor exploitation, such as domestic servitude, restaurant work, janitorial work, sweatshop factory work and migrant agricultural work.

According to a study of U.S. Department of Justice human trafficking task force cases, 83 percent of sex trafficking victims identified in the United States were U.S. citizens. On average, children in the U.S. are only 12-14 years old when they first become victims of sex trafficking.

A copy of the letter from the 47 attorneys general is available here: .