STATEMENT – USA Needs a National Human Trafficking Prevalence Study

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National Center on Sexual Exploitation Supports Sen. Hawley Bill

Washington, DC (February 14, 2020) –The National Center on Sexual Exploitation supports Sen. Josh Hawley’s bill that requires the Department of Justice to conduct a prevalence study of human trafficking.

“Fifteen years ago, we knew too little about human trafficking to conduct a successful human trafficking prevalence study, which Congress first mandated in 2005,” said Patrick A. Trueman, president and CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “Today, I’m confident the Department of Justice is ready to solve this perennial mystery.”

“NCOSE strongly supports Senator Josh Hawley’s bill to conduct a study of sex trafficking and labor trafficking that will trigger improvements in law enforcement protocols, direct service provision, and prevention efforts,” said Trueman.

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


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


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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