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Trump Creates New Position Dedicated to Fighting Human Trafficking

President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order on combating human trafficking, including..

President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order on combating human trafficking, including the creation of a new White House position that will be dedicated to the task.

Trump has made combating human trafficking a key goal of his administration and has often spoke publicly about the issue. He signed the executive order upon the conclusion of a White House summit on human trafficking while surrounded by administration officials, members of Congress, and trafficking survivors.

The president said at the event, which ran for roughly 25 minutes, that it was a “historic” day, and praised the passion of the advocates and supporters in the room. He declared his administration “100 percent committed to eradicating human trafficking from the earth,” and called it a form of “modern-day slavery.”

A candidate has yet to be revealed for the new post, which will be an addition to the Domestic Policy Council, officials said. Trump, during the shout-out portion of his remarks, said that there were a number of senators who “wanted to be here.” The Senate is currently poised to vote on whether or not to call witnesses in the impeachment trial of the president.

In his speech, he also thanked Ivanka Trump for her efforts on both the human trafficking issue and jobs, saying, “She has taken this under her wing.” Ivanka stood on stage alongside her father.

Earlier in January, Ivanka Trump toured housing that had been provided for trafficking victims in Atlanta.

“This issue has been so important to her—this, and being sure people are ready to work,” Trump said.

Trafficking is a global, daily issue hidden in plain sight. About 1 in 800 people in the United States are living in “modern slavery,” according to 2018 data by the Walk Free Foundation. The phrase is a broad term used to describe victims of forced labor, sexual exploitation or servitude, and forced marriages, among numerous other abuses.

Trump later introduced Bella Hounakey, a young woman and survivor of human trafficking. Hounakey gave brief remarks, touting her accomplishments since being rescued from trafficking at a very young age. She is now a college graduate, an American citizen, and the newest member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.

Hounakey received a standing ovation after her remarks, which closed with a message to other victims and survivors: “Youre not alone, youre not alone, youre not alone.” Before the signing of the executive order, Vice President Mike Pence also gave remarks, saying the order “will impact the federal response across oRead More – Source

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