Grad Students Against Trafficking
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Support the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 1738)
The Justice for Victims Act (S. 1738) aims to fight human trafficking by providing more services for victims, depriving convicted offenders of criminal assets and using forfeited assets to satisfy restitution orders for victims, giving law enforcement more and better tools, and reducing demand for sex trafficking. We're currently asking Senate Judiciary leaders to support this critical legislation in two primary ways: (a) through co-sponsorship and, (b) moving the bill to the mark-up calendar. According to Shared Hope, the provisions within S. 1738 would improve existing legislation in three core ways: 1. Clarifies current law and codifies court decisions that the conduct of buyers who “solicit” and “patronize” commercial sex with a child are committing the crime of sex trafficking. Buyers of sex acts with children fuel the sex trafficking markets; without demand, traffickers will lose their profits and countless children will be spared the horrors of sexual exploitation. 2. Authorizes state and local law enforcement to obtain wiretaps in state courts, without federal approval, to investigate trafficking and CSEC offenses more effectively. 3. Increases human trafficking identification and reporting by giving a way to citizens and lawful permanent residents who are victims of human trafficking to obtain official recognition of their status, and requiring regular reporting on the number of human trafficking crimes in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. On May 20th, 2014 the U.S. House of Representative pased a House version of the bill (H.R. 3530). Now we need the Senate to act. Join us in urging the Senate to take action!