The trafficking of human beings is not just a global concern. For the United States, it's a domestic concern as well.
Last month, congressional lawmakers looked at creating new legislation aimed at helping victims in the U.S. and stopping the criminals who buy and sell them.
Former Rep. Linda Smith, R-Wash., testified before Congress as the founder of Shared Hope International, an anti-sex trafficking organization based in Vancouver, Wash.
According to its website, Shared Hope International exists to rescue and restore women and children in crisis. For over a decade, the group has served the world's most destitute. They work diligently across the world, partnering with local groups to help women and children enslaved in the sex trade by providing them with shelter, healthcare, education and vocational training opportunities.
Smith discussed the proposed anti-trafficking legislation on the Oct. 8 edition of the CBNNewschannel Morning News. Click play to watch.