The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, which has been repeatedly green-lit by Congress and every president since its passage in 2000.
The bill passed 401-20 on Tuesday.
Among other provisions, the law requires the Department of State to include reports on sex trafficking in other countries and it requires the president to maintain a task force on sex trafficking to be maintained by the Secretary of State.
All 20 votes against the measure were cast by Republicans, including Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who, according to a report last year is under investigation by the Department of Justice as to whether he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old who may have been trafficked for the purpose of engaging in sex.
Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing.
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