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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio commended President Barack Obama on Tuesday for using his platform to discuss human trafficking, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
“I commend President Obama for using his platform in New York today to highlight the tragedy of modern-day slavery through human trafficking,” Rubio was quoted as saying by the newspaper. “Today’s executive order is a welcome step to fight unknowing U.S. taxpayer-funded human trafficking in government contracts.”
Obama talked to the Clinton Global Initiative about the issue, discussing an executive order that prohibits sex trafficking by government contractors and trains law enforcement officials to combat it, according to the newspaper.
Also on board was Attorney General Pam Bondi.
"Stopping human trafficking requires efforts at every level of government, and I am pleased that President Obama has issued an executive order that prohibits human trafficking in federal government contracting,” she said. “We must end this modern-day slavery that exploits women, men and children."
Rubio's said his bill, "The End Trafficking in Government Contracting of 2012," is similar to the president's order, the Sentinel reported. The Florida senator also asked to re-authorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.