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President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 16, 2004

Fact Sheet: Human Trafficking: a Modern Form of Slavery

Today's Presidential Action

New Steps to Provide Assistance to Victims and Combat Human Trafficking

Highlights of the President's Agenda to Combat Trafficking and Provide Assistance to Trafficking Victims

Investigating and Prosecuting Trafficking Crimes. From FY 2001 to FY 2003, the Bush Administration opened 210 new investigations, which is more than double the number opened in the previous three fiscal years, and prosecuted 110 traffickers during this period, which is nearly a three-fold increase compared to the previous three fiscal years. With 3,200 arrests in the first year alone, the Department of Homeland Security's Operation Predator, launched in July 2003, targets those suspected of child sex crimes, including traffickers.


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