WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the following statement today after helping reach a bipartisan agreement on sex trafficking legislation in the Senate:

“Today marks a major milestone in our fight against sex trafficking. Senator Cornyn and I will now be able to move both of our bills forward, his Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act and my Safe Harbor legislation, which passed the Judiciary Committee unanimously. This compromise was hammered out after weeks of negotiations and represents a bipartisan agreement, which is based on my proposal to create two separate funds. The final legislation should include language modeled after Minnesota’s Safe Harbor provision, which will help ensure that minors who are sold for sex are treated as victims, not prosecuted as criminals. There are a lot of people on both sides of the aisle who care deeply about supporting victims of trafficking, and I am pleased that we have finally been able to come together to find a resolution that will allow us to move this important legislation forward.”