Sen. Sampson highlights scourge of human trafficking, work to improve CT policy

August 16, 2022

Senator Sampson said, “Some positive news in the ongoing battle against human trafficking and child sex trafficking. Last year, I proposed a comprehensive bill in CT after consulting with experts on how to improve our state policy. Sadly, the Democrats that lead the Judiciary committee didn’t even grant me a public hearing on my bill. As you can tell from this article; this is a huge nationwide scourge. We have the power to do something about it and we must.”

Read Sen. Sampson’s letter to the Judiciary Committee here.


Article from the Daily Wire:


FBI agents and local authorities rescued 141 adult victims of human trafficking, 84 minor victims of child sex trafficking and related crimes, and have identified 37 actively missing children during a two-week nationwide operation in August dubbed “Operation Cross Country.”


The average age of victims in similar operations is approximately 15 years old, while authorities said the youngest victim discovered during this operation was 11 years old.


“Human trafficking is among the most heinous crimes the FBI encounters,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement. “Unfortunately, such crimes—against both adults and children—are far more common than most people realize.”


Federal officials arrested 85 suspects of child sexual exploitation and human trafficking offenses as part of Operation Cross Country, which conducted 391 operations over two weeks. Teams included in the operation consist of FBI special agents, intelligence analysts, victim specialists, and child adolescent forensic interviewers working with 200 local, state, and federal partners.


Victim specialists provide a bridge for survivors who have lost trust in the system by helping them establish a positive relationship with law enforcement.