Fleischmann ‘s anti-human trafficking bill passes in the house

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) –  U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann co-sponsored an anti-human sex trafficking bill that just passed in the house on Tuesday.

WDEF caught up with the congressman after he voted on Human Trafficking, Prevention, Intervention and Recovery Act of 2015.

"This is about human decency. We can not allow sex trafficking to continue," Fleischmann said.

The bill reallocates money for programs that deter human sex trafficking. Money is also reallocated for victim support services. Law enforcement will get additional tools to crack down on sex trafficking. And the criminals would get stiffer penalties. But that’s not all.

"A key provision of the new laws that we passed; we made it criminal for those who advertise for this horrendous activity to do so," Fleischmann said.

Human sex trafficking has become an escalating problem over the past several years.

According to 2011 survey conducted in Hamilton County, there were more than 100 reported cases of human sex trafficking involving adult victims. That same year, there were more than 26 cases involving children.

Members of the House also passed the International Megan’s Law. It’s a bill that notifies law enforcement agencies in other countries about the travel plans of registered sex offenders from the U.S.

According to the Government Accountability Office, more than 4,500 U.S. passports were issued to registered sex offenders in 2008.

"And we’ve asked for reciprocity. So if someone is coming from another country and they have a history of these violations; we want to know about it as well," Fleischmann said.

Both bills will now go to the senate where they are expected to pass. Once passed, President Obama is expected to sign them into law.

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