Trump to sign order aimed to combat human trafficking, online child exploitation

Friday, January 31, 2020
President Donald Trump speaks during an "Evangelicals for Trump Coalition Launch" at King Jesus International Ministry, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in Miami.

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order to combat human trafficking and online child exploitation in the administration's latest effort to curb the practices, White House officials said Friday.

The order will create a new position within the domestic policy council that will be "solely devoted to combat human trafficking."

The position has not yet been filled but the official told reporters that there is "no doubt that we will pick someone very good for the position."

"We've got a lot of interest in it with a lot of different areas of expertise. But we're not prepared to announce a name right now," the official said.

The effort has been spearheaded in large part by Ivanka Trump, the President's daughter and top adviser, who has made human trafficking one of her initiatives.

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She is expected to deliver opening remarks at a two-hour summit at the White House Friday focused on the issue. The President is also expected to deliver remarks and attend.

Survivors of human trafficking are also expected to attend, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Bill Barr.

The order will be the latest effort by the administration to curb human trafficking. Since taking office, the President has signed into law measures aimed at ending online sex and trafficking and held listening sessions with survivors and advocates at the White House alongside Ivanka Trump.

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The order -- which is expected to be signed during the summit -- also calls for the State Department to create a government website for resources on combating human trafficking, including public outreach and training.

"We think this will be a great resource for victims, they'll have one place they can go to see what help they can receive but also law enforcement and nonprofits," an official told reporters.

The order also calls on federal agencies to work on recovery and prevention programs focused on human trafficking and child protection.

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