In Columbus, Portman Tours Eleventh Candle Company and Visits with Survivors of Human Trafficking
COLUMBUS, OH – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) toured yesterday Eleventh Candle Company, an organization that strives to redeem, restore, empower and equip those vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation and addiction. Following the tour, Portman met with survivors of human trafficking.
The recent enactment of Senator Portman’s bipartisan Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) was a big victory for trafficking victims and survivors who, for too long, have been denied the opportunity to get the justice they deserve. The measure was the culmination of a three-year effort – which included a victory at the Supreme Court – to hold accountable Backpage.com and other websites that knowingly facilitate online sex trafficking of women and children. The nearly two-year investigation by Portman’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) culminated in a shocking report which detailed how Backpage facilitated criminal sex trafficking and then covered up evidence of these crimes in order to increase its own profits.
“I appreciated the opportunity to visit Eleventh Candle Company, an outstanding organization dedicated to ending human trafficking and providing both support and employment opportunities for victims of the horrendous crime,” said Portman. “I’ve heard from so many advocacy groups and survivors around Ohio, and one website comes up over and over again – Backpage. In this country, in this century, our women and children should not be sold online and I’m pleased that Backpage has now been shut down. It is a sign that SESTA is already making a positive difference. I will continue to work with my colleagues to combat this horrific crime in a bipartisan manner so that every woman and child can reach their God-given potential.”
NOTE: As founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, Senator Portman has a long record of fighting this terrible crime. He is the author of six federal anti-trafficking laws each designed to make a real difference in better serving victims and helping law enforcement to combat this horrific crime.
Photos from the event are below: