This week, U.S. Sen. Corker plans to introduce legislation experts have called “the most important thing to happen to the modern abolition movement,” the Times Free Press reports.
If passed, Corker’s bill, drafted with Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, will seek to create a $1.5 billion international fund fueled by the U.S., foreign nations and private enterprise over the next seven years. The fund will take aim at freeing the estimated 30 million present-day slaves across the planet by bolstering law enforcement in slave-trading hubs.
Holly Burkhalter, vice president of government affairs for the International Justice Mission, said the bill could deal a serious blow to the sex and labor slave trade.
The International Justice Mission is an nonprofit that works to strengthen enforcement against sex and labor slavery and other violent crimes against the poor and to provide services to help victims establish new lives.