Portman Opens Hearing on HHS Placing Children with Human Trafficking Ring
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.