Washington- Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) released the following statement after the House passed H.Res. 1412, calling on the Government of South Africa to expand law enforcement efforts during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and to prevent the enslavement and sexual exploitation of men, women, and children:

“I am pleased the House of Representatives passed my resolution to prevent the enslavement and sexual exploitation of men, women, and children,” Granger said. “We must continue to work to ensure that we protect the millions of vulnerable people who are enslaved in this vicious cycle. Light is being shed on these disgusting acts against humanity and justice will be served.”

“As the co-chair of the House Human Trafficking Caucus, I have seen the permanent devastation this cycle brings to victims and their families. This legislation urges South Africa to build upon its efforts to not only fight human trafficking while the World Cup games are taking place but also to combat this exploitation after the people leave. Implementing increased security measures to stop human trafficking is just the beginning of a continued effort to stop one of the biggest human rights violations. This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Trafficking in Persons Report and no country has presented a comprehensive response to combating trafficking and protecting the victims.

“With the Dallas-Fort Worth area hosting the Super Bowl in 2011, we should watch the South African government action and approach closely. With Texas sitting on the Mexican border we already have serious challenges in combating human trafficking. Major sporting events like the Super Bowl only enhance the crime.”