Congress sends anti-trafficking bill to Obama

May 19, 2015 2:24 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has approved long-awaited legislation to combat human trafficking, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The vote on Tuesday was 420-3.

The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act will expand law enforcement tools to target sex traffickers, create a new fund to help victims, and define child pornography production as a form of trafficking. Obama is expected to sign it.

The House vote took place with little fanfare or debate, a quiet finale for a bill that provoked weeks of partisan dissent in the Senate and held up the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general.

The dispute in the Senate focused on whether money in the new fund could be spent to pay for abortions.

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