The US House of Representatives has voted to re-authorize three bills to address the issue of human trafficking both inside and outside the US.
The development was hailed by US President Donald Trump and rights activists.
Mr. Trump said in a statement soon after the laws were passed by the House that his administration is focused on ending the horrific practice of human trafficking and the three bills the House of Representatives passed today are important steps forward.
Since taking office, Trump said he has met with courageous survivors, non-profit groups and faith leaders who are devoting tremendous energy to raising awareness about human trafficking.
The three bill passed by the House were Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act and Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act.