Horne joins call for funding to combat human trafficking

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Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. (Source: CBS 5 News) Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. (Source: CBS 5 News)

Arizona's attorney general has joined those in other states and territories asking Congress to fund programs under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act.

The funding would go to programs that fight human trafficking in the United States and abroad, according to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office.

Human trafficking is second only to drug dealing and tied with arms dealing as the second-largest criminal industry in the world, generating about $32 billion annually, Horne's office said.

The act was established in 2000 and the original legislation established human trafficking as a federal crime. It bolstered efforts to protect victims, assist survivors, improve prevention methods and prosecute traffickers, according to Horne's office.

"Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery," Horne said. "Over the past two legislative sessions, we have aggressively pushed legislation to toughen penalties on this illicit practice and this year will be no different."

Victims of human trafficking are often forced into prostitution or other areas of the sex industry and in forms of labor exploitation, such as domestic servitude, restaurant work, janitorial work, sweatshop factory work and migrant agricultural work, according to Horne's office.

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