12 March 2014
A Stop to Child Trafficking
Statistics from the Department of Justice show that over 100,000 children in the U.S. fall victim to sex-trafficking each year, and 300,000 to 400,000 American children are involved in some form of sex-trafficking annually. The average age of child prostitution is 13. By the time these kids become adults they have already gone through multiple abortions. These are kids who are supposed to be in school reading and writing, making friends and having fun enjoying their childhood. Instead, they are being kidnapped and forced into child prostitution, and scarred for life mentally and physically. Their childhood is being stripped away. A proposed bill titled “H.R.3081” aims to amend the Missing Children's Assistance Act to better enable law enforcement to identify, locate, and recover child victims of sex trafficking. This bill is sponsored by Representative Tim Walberg and was introduced September 11, 2013. On January 16, 2014 Ann Wagner co-sponsored this bill, she is the only co-sponsor. This bill focuses on funding annual grants for children that are exploited to sex trafficking. It provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies, and first responders that help identify, locate, and recover children. Another proposed bill is “S. 1354: End Sex Trafficking Act of 2013”. I disagree with this bill because instead of focus on trying to find the children like H.R.3081, this bill focuses on investigating and prosecuting people who patronize or solicit children for sex. Child Trafficking can happen to any child, in any form, at any place. “Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring, or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion, or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them,” according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It is also the fastest growing form of international crime...
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