WASHINGTON, D.C. -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement on the recent kidnappings by Boko Haram in Nigeria
"Human sex trafficking remains one of the most horrific crimes that plagues our world. The atrocities in Nigeria over the past several weeks has awakened the global conscience and reminded us of this evil. Hundreds of young school girls in Nigeria were kidnapped by Boko Haram with the intent to sell them into slavery or marriage. These young girls were taken simply because they had the courage to seek an education and a better life.
"As a father of a daughter not much older than these teenagers, I cannot imagine the incredible pain and dread their parents are experiencing.
"I am heartened that the Obama Administration has taken initial steps to help assist efforts to return these girls to freedom and to their families. Unfortunately, the underlying threat posed by extremist terrorist groups in Nigeria and throughout the region has been growing. Whether it is Boko Haram, Ansar al-Sharia, or al Qaeda, I look forward to this Administration working with Congress to examine how we can address this growing threat to international peace, security and the protection of innocent lives. For now, we must focus on finding, and returning these girls to their homes. May God watch over them and those seeking their return."