Urge Your Rep. to Support the Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2011!

Urge Your Rep. to Support the Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2011!

    1. Petition by

      Polaris Project

Each year in the United States at least 100,000 children are victims of commercial sexual exploitation.  Our children are being sold for sex on street corners, through escort services, and online. These victims need safe shelter and treatment, but in the United States today there are only 80 beds available for them. That leaves thousands of sexually exploited children who are unable to access shelter beds or other services.

The average age a child is first bought and sold for sex is 13 years old.  Due to the violence they, these children may suffer from post-traumatic stress, sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, and long-term health problems.   When rehabilitation is absent, these victims risk continued sexual exploitation.  Without proper identification of victims and treatment, these children face extreme lifelong challenges. 


S. 596 addresses the severe lack of services for child sex trafficking in the United States.  The "Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2011" awards six block grants to state or local entities who have a plan to investigate, prosecute and deter sex trafficking, while at the same time providing special services and shelter to victims.


There is an urgent need to move this bill now.  Take Action to support s. 596!

 

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    • Rosemary Perisich SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Please take specific action to stop human

      trafficking in all its forms. I urge you to be totally open to each and every way to help women and children have the right to life and human dignity that they deserve. God bless your efforts!

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    • Margaret Cole WEST CHESTER, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      How can we tolerate continued slavery within our own borders, especially the sexual exploitation of children!

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    • Dawn Carter RIVERSIDE, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I care deeply about this issue and encourage you to vote for this bill. Thank you.

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    • Lisa Champandard PEGOMAS, FRANCE
      • almost 3 years ago

      We must stand up, speak out and fight for these children. They are unable to.

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    • Russell Byrne MARSHALL, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am a retired Michigan State Police officer. I urge you to support s.596, the "Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2011". It is appalling how human trafficking has increased throughout the world including the United States. This bill would be a good start in the fight against these despicable crimes. Thanks in advance for your support.

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