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Congress Doesn?t Need to Threaten Civil Liberties to Fight Human Trafficking

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Congress Doesn?t Need to Threaten Civil Liberties to Fight Human Trafficking

09.27.18 06:03 AM

Human trafficking ó illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation ó is a horrific practice plaguing countries across the globe. Lawmakers should be looking to enact measures that help to end human trafficking. But these laws should not force innocent Americans to give up their constitutional rights. Thatís one fatal flaw of HR 6729: It does not strike the correct balance between public safety and civil liberties. Congress was wrong to pass the bill on Sept. 26. The bill would require the Treasury Department to develop regulations that force nonprofit organizations, banks and law enforcement agencies to share information that may be related to possible human trafficking or money laundering activities. That sounds straightforward enough. But dig a little deeper and itís clear HR 6729 threatens the right to privacy of innocent people. Law enforcement already has the power to request information that could assist in an investigation from nonprofits and banks. In the current system, the courts determine whether law enforcement has a good reason to acquire private information ó in accordance with the Fourth Amendment. HR 6729 disregards that process, replacing the courtís judgement […]

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