Senator Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced the Stopping Traffickers and Their Accomplices Act, requiring abortionists to report to the National Human Trafficking Hotline if they believe a woman is a human trafficking victim. The bill also requires abortion providers to undergo annual training to help them recognize indications of human trafficking. If abortionists choose not to report suspected trafficking incidents within 24 hours, they may face criminal prosecution. The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Josh Hawley (R-MI), Roger Marshall (R-KS), and Rick Scott (R-FL).
From The Daily Signal:
In a statement to The Daily Signal, Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance highlighted the concerning links between abortion and human trafficking, praising Budd’s legislation as a “vital procedural” effort to help women. “Most Americans find it hard to believe that slavery still exists, yet an estimated 27.6 million worldwide are victims with the majority being women and girls,” she said. “It is no surprise that abortion facilities aid and abet traffickers by ending the life of their little one, only to be sent right back into forced sex labor. Studies show that it is common for women who are being trafficked … [to be] the victim of at least one forced abortion.”