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Raising Awareness to Combat Human Trafficking

Location: Washington, DC

RAISING AWARENESS TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING -- (House of Representatives - February 15, 2006)

(Mr. PITTS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, yesterday in Cannon Caucus, I hosted an event for diplomats based in D.C. to watch portions of a film entitled ``Human Trafficking.''

We had 97 countries, over 160 diplomats, many ambassadors there. They were very interested to learn what other countries are doing, the cooperation and partnership between nations and leaders around the world to combat trafficking in persons. They are very interested in increased training for their staff, particularly consular staff, and the many NGOs and their resources that are available.

I want to thank the governmental leaders, the law enforcement personnel, NGOs, business people, and ordinary citizens around the world who are helping combat this horrible exploitation and violence against women and children.

I look forward to talking with them again about creative ways to stop trafficking, not just through stronger legislation and prosecution of traffickers but through other means, particularly providing assistance to victims, their families, addressing corruption, interdicting assets.

I commend to my colleagues this film, ``Human Trafficking.'' It will be shown on TV on April 22 to educate yourself on this issue.

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