IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 28, 2013
Mr. Cornyn (for himself, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Portman, and Ms. Klobuchar) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to include human trafficking as a part 1 violent crime for purposes of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.
This Act may be cited as the
Human Trafficking Reporting Act of
Congress finds the following:
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery.
According to the
Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000
severe forms of trafficking
in persons means—
sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or
the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
There is an acute need for better data collection of incidents of human trafficking across the United States in order to effectively combat severe forms of trafficking in persons.
The State Department’s 2012 Trafficking in Persons report found that—
the United States
source, transit and destination country for men, women, and
children, subjected to forced labor, debt bondage, domestic servitude and sex
the United States
improve data collection on human trafficking cases at the
federal, state and local levels.
The International Organization for Migration has reported that in order to effectively combat human trafficking there must be reliable and standardized data, however, the following barriers for data collection exist:
The illicit and underground nature of human trafficking.
The reluctance of victims to share information with authorities.
Insufficient human trafficking data collection and research efforts by governments worldwide.
2009 report to the Department of Health and Human Services entitled Human
Trafficking Into and Within the United States: A Review of the Literature found
the data and methodologies for estimating the prevalence of human
trafficking globally and nationally are not well developed, and therefore
estimates have varied widely and changed significantly over
The Federal Bureau of Investigation compiles national crime statistics through the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
Under current law, State and local governments receiving Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grants are required to share data on part 1 violent crimes with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for inclusion in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
The addition of severe forms of trafficking in persons to the definition of part 1 violent crimes will ensure that statistics on this heinous crime will be compiled and available through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report.
Human trafficking to be included in part 1 violent crimes for purposes of Byrne grants
Section 505 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3755) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
Part 1 violent crimes To include human trafficking
For purposes of this section, the term part 1 violent crimes shall include severe forms of trafficking in persons, as defined in section 103(8) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (22 U.S.C. 7102(8)).