Lawmakers proposed a bipartisan bill Tuesday that would allocate $1.5 billion to strengthen the fight against global slavery and human trafficking.

“This will require U.S. leadership if we want to get rid of this grave injustice in the world,” said Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., one of the bill’s co-sponsors. 

The bill seeks to build on prior trafficking legislation and calls for the establishment of a foundation that will fund international programs to free the estimated 27 million victims of forced labor and sexual exploitation.

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