Human trafficking

Victim Returns to Hill as Human Trafficking Bill Announced
Legislation would close reporting gaps for trafficking data

From left, Shandra Woworuntu, Rep. Lois Frankel and Sen. Richard Blumenthal prepare for a news conference to announce "The Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act" on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Shandra Woworuntu, who traveled to the U.S. from Indonesia and was forced into sex slavery, returned to the Capitol on Wednesday for the announcement of bipartisan legislation to further combat human trafficking, an issue she has pressed Congress to address more aggressively.  

“We need to expand the visa data transparency,” said Woworuntu, who was trafficked in Connecticut and New York. “When this information is hidden from policymakers and advocacy groups, people like me are vulnerable.”