President Donald Trump signs an executive order to help combat human trafficking in the East Room of the White House, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
UPDATED 2:15 PM PT — Friday, January 31, 2020
President Trump is saying no one has done more to combat human trafficking than his administration. He made the remark at the White House on Friday, where he signed an executive order aimed at fighting online child exploitation.
“This order expands prevention education programs, promotes housing opportunities for survivors, (and) furthermore, it takes the vital step of designating a full time position here at the White House dedicated solely to combating human trafficking, so people know how important it is,” stated the president.
He went on to say human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and a worldwide problem made worse by the internet.
President Trump also said his administration has put unprecedented pressure on traffickers at home and abroad. In recent months, authorities have rescued thousands of victims while ICE has arrested more than 5,000 traffickers.
“We will not rest until we’ve stopped every last human trafficker and liberated every last survivor,” he said.