More than 140 local pastors, non-profit leaders, community activists, and Governor Pat McCrory met for lunch today to learn about the problem of human trafficking in the Charlotte region. Hosted by Congressman Robert Pittenger, the luncheon featured an FBI expert, a former victim, and several ministries working to end "modern day slavery."
As a Member of the Congressional Human Trafficking Task Force, Congressman Pittenger (NC-09) is working closely with Majority Leader Eric Cantor on bipartisan anti-trafficking legislation and to increase awareness through community events.
"The problem isn't just "over there.' North Carolina consistently ranks in the top 10 states for human trafficking," commented Congressman Pittenger during today's event. "As a Nation, we have both a moral and constitutional obligation to protect the most vulnerable in our society from this horrific exploitation.
"You are the eyes and ears in our community," Congressman Pittenger told the pastors and activists. "With your help and support we can both aid victims in their recovery and work to prevent these sickening violations of human rights from occurring in the future."
Next month, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider six specific pieces of legislation focused on human trafficking, including support for victim assistance programs, better identification of victims so they can receive help, and strengthening laws to make our system for catching traffickers and facilitators more effective.
For more information about local anti-trafficking organizations, please contact Congressman Pittenger's Charlotte office at 704-362-1060. For more information about upcoming anti-trafficking legislation, please contact Congressman Pittenger's Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-1976.