Ben Sasse R-Nebraska says the federal government needs to do a better job in educating the public and law enforcement about human trafficking, and they can look to Nebraska for examples.
He hosted a hearing of that subcommittee in Lincoln Tuesday, hearing testimony from local and national experts. Watch "Sold for Sex: Trafficking in Nebraska".
Watch "Sold for Sex: Survivor Stories". Attorney General Doug Peterson described the work Nebraska has done over the past few years, including extending the statute of limitations for trafficking charges and criminal record relief for victims who are forced to commit crimes. He says trafficking payments often take place in shadowy financial realms with very little oversight and transparency, especially through anonymous companies.
Murray wants Congress to pass a bill that outlaws anonymous companies. Murray also asked Sen. Sasse to work on strengthening cryptocurrency regulations and improving transparency for retail and other consumer payments. Financial institutions like banks are increasingly looking for red flags to shut down suspicious s.
Julie Slama District 1. Price says information sharing is the most important need in understanding and preventing human trafficking.
But those lines of communication are not open on the federal level, and Price says that's very limiting. For example, the FBI has not released data seized last year when the website Back was shut down.
The Craigslist-type website was used to advertise sex for sale. Price says most sex trafficking is advertised online, and that data should be analyzed by researchers.
Attorney General Peterson suggests the data collected by big tech companies could be useful to law enforcement as well. But we're finding that in the future that may be helpful for us to better follow those patterns of trafficking.
Other members of the subcommittee have until mid-September to submit questions to the experts who testified. Get the latest from around Nebraska delivered to your inbox.
News Sen. Sasse: U. He says the U. The hearing focused on the intersection of trafficking and financial institutions. Price says that red flag approach is not enough. Sasse says there are no immediate plans for specific legislation concerning trafficking.
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