Bring Zero Tolerance for Child Sex Slavery in Arizona
  • Petitioned Tom Horne

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Attorney General, State of Arizona
Tom Horne
Arizona Governor
Arizona State Senate
Arizona State House

Bring Zero Tolerance for Child Sex Slavery in Arizona

    1. Sponsored by

      Shared Hope International

Arizona’s state representatives had an opportunity to close a major loophole in the protection of children and establish zero tolerance for buyers of commercial sex with minors who are 15-17 years old. They punted! Committee leaders did not call the bill for action. In fact, three pieces of legislation were introduced this session to combat domestic minor sex trafficking in Arizona (HB2411, HB2684, HB2687).

Two of these three bills never had the opportunity to be heard in the House or the Senate! We are here to say, it is not too late!

Arizona is ripe with traffickers and pimps who prey upon and exploit our children. Click here to read a a real story that gives a personal perspective on why this legislation is so important.

From 2005 to 2009 the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office secured convictions for 82 traffickers but only five buyers. Shared Hope International has conducted a legal analysis of Arizona state law and found that if the state can not prove that the buyer knew or had reason to know the age of the minor, the buyer can get off with a Class 6 felony (the lightest felony) and 180 days in jail. Even worse, the buyer could have the option to attend an education or treatment program to lower the sentence to 90 days in jail. 

Join Shared Hope International in calling on your Arizona state representatives to pass legislation this session to remove the defense for those who buy children for sex. Let them know that, if they choose to stand on the side of excused exploitation, they can expect us to oppose them vehemently with our votes and our checkbooks.

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    1. Reached 1 signatures
    2. Shared Hope International's findings and recommendations on child trafficking in Arizona

    3. ASU playing role in battle against human trafficking

    4. More reporting today on Arizona's poor performance addressing child sex trafficking

    5. Reached 1 signatures
    6. Ariz. scores a 'C' in protecting victims of sex trafficking

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. "Some estimate that in the United States there are 100,000 teen sex-trafficking victims. However, only 36 cases of human trafficking have been submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office since 2005."

    9. Reached 500 signatures
    10. Coverage for the campaign in The Arizona Republic - "Human trafficking is targeted in Arizona; problem is growing"

    11. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Robin Howard TWOHARBORS, MN
      • over 3 years ago

      As a young girl who had been molested by many men.I understand fate of these children can you imagine being ripped from all that you know to a world that is full of violilence tward the innocent

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      • over 3 years ago

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    • Gloria Monroe GRANTS PASS, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      don't allow the bullies in our GOP continue protecting human traffickers through their delusional policies.

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    • Raeanna Cierocke COTTONDALE, AL
      • over 3 years ago

      Dear Arizona lawmaker,

      Arizona is under attack from traffickers and pimps who prey upon and exploit our children.

      From 2005 to 2009 the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office secured convictions for 82 traffickers but only five buyers. Shared Hope International has conducted a legal analysis of Arizona state law and found that if the state cannot prove that the buyer knew or had reason to know the age of the minor, the buyer can be found guilty of a Class 6 felony and be sentenced to a mere 180 days in jail. Even worse, on a first offense, the court could impose probation with an education or treatment program to lower the sentence to just 90 days in jail.

      I join Shared Hope International in calling on you to help pass a measure into law before the session ends that will revive the intent of the silenced HB 2687, which brings zero tolerance for the purchase of sex with any minor. This action will remove the defense of age mistake for those who buy children for sex.

      All of our children are worthy of protection and justice – not just the youngest ones. If you choose to stand aside while our children are exploited, you can expect to hear the outcry from me and others who vote.

      Raeanna Cierocke

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    • Gina LaBenz CHANDLER, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      Please legislators, be tough on crime to keep our children safe. It is sick that we allow child rape for profit. Send a serious message to possible johns, that we don't tolerate the raping of our children. I taught school here for many years and not one of my students said they wanted to be a prostitute when they grew up. Children who are sex trafficked are brutalized. If there wasn't a demand for under age girls, there would be no reason for our children to be stalked by pimps and traffickers. If you do not understand human trafficking, try looking at www.teensontrafficking.org or go to www.sharedhope.org and order a copy of "Renting Lacy".

      You are in a special leadership position where you could make a huge difference keeping our az children safe. Please take a stand for our children.

      Sincerely,

      Gina LaBenz

      Az resident and mom

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