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Matt Gaetz Joins 20 GOP Reps. to Vote No on Anti-Sex-Trafficking Bill

  • Rep. Matt Gaetz was among the 20 Republicans to vote from the renewal of an anti-trafficking invoice. 
  • The monthly bill, renewed with out fuss considering that 2000, delivers protections in opposition to intercourse trafficking. 
  • Gaetz is under investigation for achievable sex trafficking. He denies all wrongdoing. 

Rep. Matt Gaetz was one particular of 20 Republicans who voted “no” to reauthorizing an anti-human trafficking law on Wednesday.

The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Safety Reauthorization Act of 2022 was authorised in the Property for reauthorization with a massive vast majority of 401 votes to 20. 

The act combats human trafficking — notably intercourse trafficking — via critical penalties for perpetrators and help solutions for victims. 

It initially came into legislation as the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, when it passed the Dwelling and Senate with pretty much no opposition, and has been reauthorized various instances with no significant problem. 

Gaetz has been underneath federal investigation due to the fact 2020 above the question of regardless of whether he experienced sex with a minor, and regardless of whether he paid for her to cross state lines, as The New York Times to start with reported. Spending for a minor to travel interstate for sex would rely as intercourse-trafficking.

Gaetz has not been charged with anything and has continually denied any wrongdoing.

A previous affiliate, Joel Greenberg — whom Gaetz when called his “wingman”— has pleaded responsible to six charges, like sex trafficking a minor, Politico noted. Greenberg’s sentencing has been delayed in purchase to cooperate with the investigation into Gaetz, for each the outlet. 

Gaetz did not immediately respond to Insider’s question about the vote, created outdoors normal US operating hours, about why he voted no.

In opinions to Insider on Wednesday in response to a quip by a Mike Pence aide about the make a difference, a Gaetz spokesperson explained the thought that he experienced engaged in sexual intercourse-trafficking as a “debunked conspiracy principle.” 

Gaetz did not talk in a 40-moment discussion on the day of the vote.

In 2017, Gaetz solid the only “no” vote on another anti-trafficking legislation, as the Pensacola News-Journal claimed at the time

The regulation enshrined the creation of anti-trafficking means in the Division of Transportation. In that occasion, Gaetz pointed to his individual steps in Florida which he mentioned enhanced prosecutors’ skill to carry cases from intercourse traffickers, the paper documented.

He also stated that handling this at the federal stage was “mission creep” on concerns that states ought to cope with, per the paper. 

The full checklist of all those who voted “no” on Wednesday is:

  • Brian Babin (TX)
  • Andy Biggs (AZ)
  • Lauren Boebert (CO)
  • Mo Brooks (AL)
  • Ken Buck (CO)
  • Andrew S. Clyde (GA)
  • Matt Gaetz (FL)
  • Louie Gohmert (TX)
  • Paul A. Gosar (AZ)
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA)
  • Andy Harris (MD)
  • Jody B. Hice (GA)
  • Thomas Massie (KY)
  • Tom McClintock (CA)
  • Mary E. Miller (IL)
  • Troy E. Nehls (TX)
  • Ralph Norman (SC) 
  • Scott Perry (PA)
  • Chip Roy (TX)
  • Van Taylor (TX)

Roy was the only “no” voter to communicate at the discussion. He named the concern “critically crucial” but suggested he hadn’t reviewed the invoice and that “other variables at play, involving the flooring and shelling out and other things” impacted his decision. 

He stated he did not want his vote to be taken as “an indicator of not supporting the reason of the bill.”