WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) issued the following statement regarding the House of Representatives’ passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S.178), which increases critical protections and services for victims of human trafficking:

“One of the great American values we share is our strong belief in the inherent worth of each and every human life. Human trafficking is a direct assault against that core value, and it affects millions of victims who need our help—including right here in America,” Scalise said. “No single law alone will put a stop to human trafficking, but the House’s passage of this bill, which now goes to the President’s desk, is a strong step forward in combatting this abhorrent crime. Congress must continue to do everything in our power to combat this scourge and provide protections, and ultimately justice to the victims of human trafficking.”