Ivanka Holds Talk On Human Trafficking

Love them or hate them, the Trump family has shown a passion to fight against pedophilia and human trafficking.  As the First Daughter and White House counselor, Ivanka Trump is continuing to push forward in this administration's fight by holding a roundtable discussion on the topic.

By Megan Trimble, Associate Editor, Social Media | May 19, 2017, at 3:07 p.m.


Ivanka Trump's prominent role and voice within her father's White House was again evident this week.

While President Donald Trump was away to deliver a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, his oldest daughter hosted a bipartisan group of lawmakers, advocacy groups focused on combating human trafficking, and trafficking victims for a Wednesday roundtable on the issue at the White House.

"Combating human trafficking and modern slavery is both a moral and strategic interest domestically and abroad," she said while discussing the administration's efforts to fight trafficking.

The discussion was a follow-up to a February meeting on the issue, according to a White House spokeswoman. That session reportedly was organized by the first daughter, and back then, President Trump said he would bring the "full force and weight" of the U.S. government to the fight against trafficking.

On Wednesday, Ivanka Trump, who holds the title of White House counselor, said there was a 35 percent increase in cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2016 from the year before. More than 8,000 cases were reported last year, she said.


Members of Congress at the session included House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as well as Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

Trump said "Combating Trafficking and Child Protection Week" is slated for next week in Congress, and lawmakers are expected to put forward multiple pieces of legislation addressing the issue.