Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III today continued his multi-year record in the Senate of protecting child sex trafficking. Please join us here at LIA in asking: “WTF IS WRONG WITH THIS GUY?” Oh, and it's not just us. Even the ultra-conservative Concerned Women of America kicked him around about it in 2011 with a petition drive that attacked (what it termed) Sessions' position that child prostitutes should be arrested.
Well, our junior Alabama Senator hasn't learned a thing in the past few years. Today, he was one of only 5 extreme Republicans to vote against what one would think is a fairly non-controversial topic: human trafficking… aka… SLAVERY:
As the Senate moves to a final vote on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), today 93 Senators endorsed an amendment to combat human trafficking. While opposing human trafficking is a fairly non-controversial subject, five far-right Republicans broke with the majority of their own caucus and opposed the bipartisan amendment.
The amendment, authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT), strengthens VAWA by reauthorizing the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The measure helps law enforcement investigative human trafficking and supports international efforts to stop the practice. Leahy noted that on the anniversary of President Lincoln’s birth, “we continue to fight human trafficking, which can amount to modern day slavery,” making the amendment a fitting tribute. “The United States remains a beacon of hope for so many who face human rights abuses. We know that young women and girls – often just 11, 12, or 13 years old – are being bought and sold. We know that workers are being held and forced into labor against their will. People in this country and millions around the world are counting on us.”
The amendment was opposed by Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK), James Inhofe (R-OK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
Happy Birthday, President Abraham Lincoln! Unfortunately, some of our Senators didn't learn a damn thing from the “late unpleasantness.”