Representatives Wagner and Brat Host Public Forum on Human Trafficking
Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-02) and Rep. Dave Brat (VA-07) attended a public forum hosted by Richmond Community Church to discuss how Congress is fighting to end human trafficking.
The forum featured expert panelists who explored the impact of trafficking on communities across the country. Experts included Special Agent in Charge Adam Lee from the Richmond FBI Field Office and Rosalinda Rivera, Executive Director of New Life for Youth. Rep. Wagner, an anti-trafficking champion and the author of key laws that have disrupted modern-day slavery, was also on the panel. Rep. Wagner wrote and worked hard to pass the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), a bipartisan piece of legislation signed into law in April. The bill has helped decimate the illegal online sex market and is being called the most significant anti-trafficking legislation in nearly 20 years.
"Earlier this year, Congressman Brat was instrumental in educating and uniting our conference behind FOSTA, which became law in April and is already disrupting the market," said Congresswoman Wagner. "I was honored to be in Virginia today to discuss our work to end human trafficking, and share some of Congress's biggest successes in this important fight. By passing FOSTA, Congress told survivors that they are no longer alone, and justice is no longer out of reach."
"While meeting with forensic nurses at Bon Secours and speaking with local law enforcement, I heard the horrifying stories of human trafficking right here in the 7th District. I realized this heinous crime is happening just under our noses, and we need to be doing all we can to end this modern form of slavery," said Congressman Brat. "When I learned Rep. Wagner was introducing the FOSTA bill I immediately offered to co-sponsor and help promote this legislation. It's laws like FOSTA that are getting real people help and are delivering results. The women and children affected by this modern slavery depend on us for help."