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House Republicans battle modern slavery in three new bills

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The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills to combat human trafficking this week, all of which received widespread support from Democratic Party lawmakers.

The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act reauthorized $520 million over four years to fund programs aimed at preventing human trafficking, protecting victims, and prosecuting criminals involved in the sale and transport of human beings in the United States, according to an email sent to The Blaze by House Republicans.

The Frederick Douglass Act will help educate children about how to avoid human trafficking, provide funding for training programs for employees in industries in which human trafficking often occurs, and calls for efforts to prevent businesses from selling goods in the United States that are believed to have been made by slave labor, according to a report by USA Today.

The Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act requires the U.S. Department of Labor “to train certain Department of Labor personnel how to effectively detect and assist law enforcement in preventing human trafficking during the course of their primary roles and responsibilities.” DOL will also be required to submit an annual report to ensure the agency is following through on this and other requirements.

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