Hultgren fights trafficking
U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, a Winfield Republican, has been pushing legislation to fight human trafficking and said he looks forward to supporting proposals on the topic in Congress next week.
He said Thursday the House is preparing to vote on five pieces of legislation next week that could, among other things, give authorities more power to go after the places where traffickers advertise.
Hultgren said it's important to attack an issue that can seem distant but hits close to home. He points to statistics that estimate as many as 25,000 women and girls could be victims in the Chicago area.
"Every one of these people is valuable," he said. "These are our kids. These are American kids."
Hultgren said he'll sponsor his own legislation soon that looks at the effect of legalized prostitution in other countries on trafficking.
"I think we still need to make the connection that this happens here," he said.
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