Portman Opens Hearing on HHS Placing Children with Human Trafficking Ring

January 28, 2016 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, has opened a hearing on his investigation into shocking revelations that the federal government placed migrant children with a human trafficking ring in Ohio. Portman will unveil the results of its six-month investigation into the federal government’s policies and procedures for placing unaccompanied alien children with adult sponsors. The investigation was triggered by a federal indictment of labor traffickers in Ohio whose victims included children placed by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement—a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). 

“It is intolerable that human trafficking — modern-day slavery — could occur in our own backyard. But what makes the Marion cases even more alarming is that a U.S. government agency was responsible for delivering some of the victims into the hands of their abusers,” Portman said in his opening remarks. “Perhaps the most troubling, unanswered question is this: how many other cases are there like the Marion trafficking case? The answer is HHS doesn’t know.”

Portman’s full opening remarks can be found here.

Portman’s report can be viewed here.  A livestream of the hearing is available here.