A day after three young Cleveland women were rescued from nearly a decade of captivity, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, this morning convened a Committee hearing to examine initiatives to combat human trafficking.  The hearing was entitled “Local and Private Sector Initiatives to Combat International Human Trafficking.

Video of Chairman Royce’s opening statement is available HERE:


At the hearing, Chairman Royce said, “As we rejoice at the [the women’s rescue], this hearing today, this testimony today — underscores the sad reality that millions of other girls around this world – and indeed right here in our own communities, in our own counties – are being robbed of their youth, as silent victims of forced sexual exploitation.”

Video of Chairman Royce addressing the Cleveland rescue is available HERE:


Witnesses included Mr. Don Knabe, Supervisor, Fourth District, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; Mr. Bradley Myles; Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Polaris Project; Shawn MacDonald, Ph.D., Director of Programs and Research, Verité.

Video of Chairman Royce questioning the witnesses is available HERE: