In a state with some of the highest prostitution and sex trafficking rates in the country, Nevada lawmakers have voted to allow women forced or coerced into prostitution to expunge convictions from their record. This is a hugely important step for women working to rebuild their lives after trafficking, as it allows them to secure good employment and helps prevent re-trafficking.
Congratulations to the Polaris Project, who intiatited and led the advocacy for this campaign, and to the 1600 Change.org members who supported them.
The Nevada General Assembly is considering legislation to help combat human trafficking, and your help is needed! A critical bill to help victims of sex trafficking to restart their lives has just passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and we need to keep the momentum going.
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Traffickers reap billions in profits by using force, fraud or coercion to rob victims of their freedom through labor or commercial sex. Experts estimate that there are a minimum of approximately 5,100 to 60,500 people trafficked into and within the U.S. each year and an estimated 100,000 American children who are prostituted within the U.S. each year -- a brutal form of human trafficking.
In Nevada, victims of sex trafficking and involuntary servitude include US citizens, foreign nationals, minors and adults. Traffickers and pimps force and coerce victims into commercial sex, and require them to meet a daily quota or be subjected to additional abuse or torture. Victims are often forced to provide commercial sex in massage parlors, brothels operated in residential homes, and on the street where pimps control and sell victims for sex. Victims are commonly advertised on internet sites like Backpage.com and sold to many men in a single night in hotels or motels or at truck stops.
This brutal crime is happening in Nevada – but you can help to combat it by taking action now. Critical legislation, AB6, which will help victims of sex trafficking, has just passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee and will now head to the full floor for a vote. Your help is needed to ensure its passage!