CORKER DISCUSSES ISIS THREAT AND BOLD, BIPARTISAN INITIATIVE FOR ENDING MODERN SLAVERY ON NBC’S MEET THE PRESS
U.S. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, went on Meet the Press this Sunday to discuss his bipartisan proposal that would focus on eliminating modern slavery around the world. “There are 27 million people today…around the world, that are enslaved, in rug-making facilities, brick kilns, all kinds of sex trafficking…These are crimes of opportunity, average business people [worldwide] are making money by enslaving people.” His proposal intends to authorize a 501(c)(3) non-profit grant-making foundation in the District of Columbia to be known as “The End Modern Slavery Initiative Foundation.” This foundation will fund programs and projects outside of the United States that will set clear defined goals and outcomes that can be empirically measured and achieve a 50 percent reduction of modern slavery in targeted populations. In addition, these programs and projects must contribute to freeing and sustaining the recovery of victims, preventing the enslavement of individuals, and enforcing laws to punish individuals and corporations that participate in modern slavery. Senator Corker’s bill is expected to hit the floor this week and would build off private-public partnerships to help combat this ongoing crisis.
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