UPDATE: The House of Representatives passed the Corporate Transparency Act of 2019! Thank you to everyone that contact their legislators - but we still need your help. A similar bill is in the Senate - the ILLICIT CASH Act (S.2563) - and we need you to urge your senators to pass this bill. We are so close to enacting vital legislation that will help put an end to corruption and crime enabled by anonymous companies.
The law governing business registration in the United States shields human traffickers from arrest and prosecution. This is particularly problematic in the illicit massage industry, which boasts some 9,000 business locations in the United States, many of which are also human trafficking venues.
Of the illicit massage venues identified, only about 6,000 illicit massage parlors had business records at all. And fewer than 30% of those had an actual person listed on the business records and only 21% of those specified the name of the owner. Even with the owner listed, there is no way to know if the information provided is legitimate.
Law enforcement can’t effectively combat human trafficking if they don’t have all the information they need, and the current laws are helping traffickers cover their tracks. The bipartisan ILLICIT CASH Act gives law enforcement the tools they need to find traffickers and to hold them accountable.
We need you to contact your U.S. Senator and ask them to support this vital legislation. Put a stop to corporate secrecy that fuels human trafficking.
Note: Unfortunately, constiutents that live in Washington, D.C. have no representation in Congress and therefore cannot fill out the form.