STATEMENT – Sex Trafficking Survivors Need Debt Bondage Repair Act Passed by House Today

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Washington, DC (June 16, 2021) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) applauds the U.S. House for passing the Debt Bondage Repair Act (H.R. 2332), to help the victims of human trafficking recover from the financial harm inflicted by traffickers.

“We are grateful to Rep. Patrick McHenry for his leadership in crafting this common-sense solution to provide financial relief to victims of human trafficking. The bill prevents adverse credit reporting of incidents which occurred while victims were being trafficked, allowing survivors to put the past behind them and get a fresh start in life,” said Dawn Hawkins, CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

The bill was inspired by March testimony given to the House Financial Services Committee by Rev. Dr. Marian Hatcher, US representative of SPACE International. One car loan trapped Hatcher, a sex trafficking survivor, in long-term servitude, slowing her ability to live a normal, constructive life.

The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for passage.

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NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.

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The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.

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NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.

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