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Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) highlighted the human trafficking problem during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing focused on the fight against this modern day slavery over the next decade. During the hearing, Rubio condemned Village Voice for facilitating human trafficking and also stressed the importance of treating human trafficking survivors as victims instead of criminals.

Rubio later met with human trafficking victims and actress Jada Pinkett Smith, an anti-trafficking advocate who founded the non-profit Don’t Sell Bodies.  During the meeting, Rubio heard the stories of three young women who have overcome tragic situations and are now trying to rebuild their lives and prevent human trafficking from claiming more victims.

Video of Rubio’s questions during today’s hearing is available here and video of his statement regarding Village Voice is available here. A high-resolution photo of today’s meeting with survivors and Pinkett Smith can be found here

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