U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is in Mexico this week, working with officials there to curb sex trafficking and heroin imports to the United States.
Klobuchar and fellow Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp are scheduled to meet with the Mexican attorney general, sex trafficking prosecutors, as well as the U.S. Ambassador and Mexican Senators to push for coordinated efforts to combat sex trafficking in Mexico and the U.S.
Cindy McCain, who co-chairs the Arizona Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking, is also expected to join the talks. Cindy McCain is married to U.S. Sen. John McCain.
Said Klobuchar in a statement, “This is an opportunity to focus on how we can work with Mexico to combat sex trafficking head-on in both of our countries and make sure these women and children are being treated as the victims that they really are.”
The senators also will hold meetings with the Mexican National Security Commission, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other officials to discuss ways to combat the growing heroin epidemic.
Klobuchar’s office said some of the cheapest and purest heroin in the country is coming from Mexico up I-35 or through Chicago, leading to a spike in deaths.
Meanwhile, Minnesota U.S. Rep. John Kline is on a trip to Afghanistan with House Speaker John Boehner and six other Republican congressmen.
They met with U.S. troops and U.S. ambassador James Cunningham, reports Politico.