Bipartisan human trafficking bills pass Senate

Published: Sep. 15, 2017 at 3:06 PM CDT
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Two bipartisan human trafficking bills have passed the Senate. The No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act

sponsored by South Dakota Sen. John Thune aims to prevent people from using a commercial motor vehicle if they have used a commercial motor vehicle to commit a felony involving human trafficking.

The Combatting Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act

aims to name a human trafficking prevention coordinator at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Increasing outreach, education and reporting efforts Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration would increase. The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Thune.

“The Senate’s passage of these bipartisan bills is an important step in the ongoing battle against human trafficking,” said Thune. “These bills create a common-sense consequence for egregious wrongdoing and serve as a starting point for better recognition and reporting of human trafficking by commercial drivers.”

The bills were unanimously approved by the full Senate Thursday night. They will move on to the House.