- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem targeting human trafficking.

Her office says the bipartisan Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act passed Tuesday would give caregivers, state law enforcement officers and others help in preventing trafficking and help create safe places for victims.

The measure also would start a review to look into federal and state trafficking prevention activities in hopes of identifying the best way to stop it.

The legislation introduced by Noem passed the House late last year, but the Senate failed to consider it. The South Dakota Republican reintroduced it at the beginning of this Congress with California Democrat Rep. Doris Matsui.

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