WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has signed human trafficking legislation that provoked weeks of partisan dissent in the Senate and held up Loretta Lynch's confirmation for attorney general.
The legislation expands law enforcement tools to target sex traffickers, creates a new fund to help victims, and defines child pornography production as a form of trafficking. The House passed the bill last week after a tumultuous process in the Senate.
The Senate dispute focused on whether money in the new fund could be spent to pay for abortions. In the end senators resolved it by structuring the fund to reassure Republicans that abortion funding restrictions were being followed — and reassure Democrats that they were not being expanded.