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December 24, 2008

Bush Signs Anti-Trafficking Bill

Religious leaders hailed President Bush's signing of a bill that continues U.S. efforts to combat human trafficking across the globe.

In an Oval Office ceremony on Tuesday, Bush signed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008.

"This is a piece of legislation we're very proud to sign and to see that it's authorizing funding for fiscal years ... 2008 through 2011," White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto told reporters before the signing ceremony. "And this program has been very effective around the world in trying to stop trafficking in persons in Africa and Asia."

The law aims to prevent and prosecute trafficking of humans in foreign countries and assist its victims.

"This bill will significantly assist the United States government in impeding the trafficking of women and child for sexual purposes," said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, in a statement to Baptist Press, the denomination's news service. "It's a tremendously important new tool available to law enforcement officials in prosecuting those who traffic in human flesh. It will make a real difference to the victims of sex trafficking."

Bishop John C. Wester, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, said the legislation will help eliminate "a horrific crime" in the United States and abroad.

"President Bush has done much to elevate public awareness about human trafficking and should be thanked for his leadership," said Wester, of Salt Lake City, Utah. "It will be important, however, that the new administration and new Congress remain vigilant and continue to work to end this abominable practice."

The bill, which passed both houses of Congress on Dec. 10, is named after William Wilberforce, a 19th-century British abolitionist.

Comments

An anti-trafficing bill to quote "The law aims to prevent and prosecute trafficking of humans in foreign countries and assist its victims" Has either the lame duck President or the Presdient Elect. looked to the State of New York and the Bottle Bill as it is known. A Bill, or Act, or Statute or whatever trafficing in human misery right here in the United States of America, 5 cents per container, who works for this amount not either of the above mentioned. The harrassed out of a job, the ones a Supreme Court refuses justice to, the illegals. I am an American to my Soul and Heart as long as I work for any amount of money and live in my owm Country I am not "homeless" I am home every day of my life. What about a law to help the hometown folk. A better Supreme Court, a better more responsive United States Government. The "Bottle Bill" is a form of trafficking in humans. When does America
take care of America???????

Rose Watkins
President, Sole Proprietor, Founder of
Crance Watkins Recycling
Since 2004

I think you are thinking like sukrat, but I think you should cover the other side of the topic in the post too...