McMorris Rodgers helps introduce global sex trafficking bill

By on Thursday, January 20th, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane) helped introduce the Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act this week to combat sex trafficking around the world and hold accountable foreign countries who fail to take action to reduce the demand for this criminal trade.

“As a mother, there’s nothing more horrifying than the thought of young women and children falling victim to sex trafficking,” Rodgers said. “This heinous crime is happening right here in Eastern Washington, and we must do something to stop it. This legislation will take an important first step by withholding assistance to foreign countries that fail to take serious action to reduce sex trafficking and hold accountable those who allow this deplorable trade to continue unabated. It’s well-past time for Congress to take action. The lives of innocent women and children depend on it.”

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) and was introduced by both lawmakers earlier this week.

Specifically, the bill would authorize the President of the United States to reduce or withhold financial assistance to foreign countries that do not take steps to combat sex trafficking, including prohibiting the purchase of commercial sex acts and reducing demand for participation in international sex tourism.

Visit to read the bill.