WASHINGTON, DC – Joined by members of both parties today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) signed S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.  This bipartisan legislation is made up of several House-passed initiatives to combat human trafficking and provide additional services to its victims.  Prior to signing the bill, Speaker Boehner made the following remarks:

“In a few minutes, we will sign S. 178, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.  First, let me thank all my colleagues for being here. This effort started with a group of our members in the House working across the aisle to find common ground and the best ideas.  So it’s certainly another example of bipartisan progress on some of the people’s highest priorities.

“But what this legislation does: it expands services available to victims of human trafficking.  And it gives law enforcement new tools to go after the perpetrators and punish them to the fullest extent.  Because there may be nothing as low as preying on the most vulnerable among us.

“So this is not just a bill signing.  It is the Congress and people of the United States saying ‘we will not tolerate these monstrous crimes.’  Every life matters, and we must make every effort to end human trafficking in every form.

“As the father of two daughters, I will be proud to sign this bill, and send it to the president’s desk.”